(are) you leaving so soon?

(are) you leaving so soon?

1. A polite, somewhat rhetorical inquiry to a guest who is you leaving a social meeting sooner than expected. A: "Well, thank you for dinner, but I really must get back to the house." B: "Aw, you leaving so soon? We were going to play a few board games after dessert!" A: "Are you leaving so soon? What a shame—we didn't even get to discuss politics!" B: "Yeah, I'm sorry, I really must be getting home to my cat." Leaving so soon, Albert? Well, all right, we'll have to watch the movie another day.
2. By extension, an ironic phrase said to someone who is trying to escape a dangerous or threatening situation. Used chiefly in fiction. "Are you leaving so soon?" the killer said to the detective, as he lunged at her with a knife. "Leaving so soon?" He asked, scowling at her. She swallowed and sat back down, stammering, "No, of course not." You leaving so soon? No, I don't think so—I've got big plans for you, sweetheart.
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