without so much as a by-your-leave

without so much as a by-your-leave

  (old-fashioned)
if you say that someone does something without so much as a by-your-leave, you mean you are angry because they did not ask your permission to do it That's twice now he's just marched in here without so much as a by-your-leave and picked a book off my shelf!
See also: much, without
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It's a sort of nation state which acquired the other parts of the UK without so much as a by-your-leave from their populations.
So, on the one hand there's a bloke who has already had their trousers down to the value of a large house in Bootle, and he can have pounds 3,200 on without so much as a by-your-leave.
The suckers who have the democratic misfortune to be represented by the wrong end of the pantomime horse, whose own political representative, one T Blair Esq, has yoked us to the maddest, baddest fool on the planet without so much as a by-your-leave.
Our Government signed up to it without so much as a by-your-leave.
Not only does it lay eggs in the reed warbler's nest, without so much as a by-your-leave, but when its young chicks hatch they turf out the reed warbler's eggs.
The writer has set the scene of the three men meeting and visiting with Abraham, but then, without so much as a by-your-leave, it's a much different conversation.