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leave behind

1. To depart (from some place) without bringing someone or something. In each usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "leave" and "behind." We decided to leave the kids behind when we go to Paris this spring so we can have a bit of time to ourselves. I can't believe I left my passport behind! I hope they still let me on the plane.
2. To abandon or forsake someone or something. I can't believe he left his family behind to pursue a career in acting. I left behind teaching to focus on writing my novel.
3. To cause something to remain as a result, consequence, or byproduct of something else. I really hope this cut doesn't leave a scar behind. That fish you cooked last night really left behind a bad smell, didn't it? The economic downturn left a lot of ruined lives behind.
4. To be outlived by members of one's family. He died at the age of 43, leaving behind his wife and two children.
5. To put an increasing amount of distance between oneself and someone or something else. She left the other racers behind after the second lap. We left the city behind us as we drove away.
6. To do increasingly better (in some field, activity, or situation) than someone or something else. Powerhouse retail chains continue to leave local businesses behind. The tech giant has totally left behind its competition in the mobile phone market.
7. To relegate someone or something to one's past. She wants to leave her old life behind when she moves to Europe next fall. I understand your decision to move abroad, but just don't leave your friends and family behind.
See also: behind, leave
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

leave someone or something behind

to fail or forget to bring someone or something along. John was sick, so we had to leave him behind. Oh, I left my money behind.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

leave behind

v.
1. To depart from some place, especially in order to begin a new stage of a journey: We left Paris behind and went on to Warsaw.
2. To abandon, neglect, or forego someone or something: I can't believe you would leave behind your whole family. We boarded the plane to Tahiti and left all our troubles behind. The teacher was afraid that the younger students were getting left behind.
3. To have someone or something remaining after one's death: When she died, she left behind two young children. Many of the soldiers who died in the war left families behind. The actor left behind a legacy when he died.
4. To depart or disappear, leaving something as a result: When the glacier receded, it left behind many small lakes.
5. To surpass someone or something: This new product will leave the competition behind.
See also: behind, leave
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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After all, ours are things that can be bought but think what being left behind means to them!...
He thought of nothing, wished for nothing, but not to be left behind the peasants, and to do his work as well as possible.
Professor Bumper had a general idea in which direction lay a number of native villages, and it was determined to head for them, blazing a path through the wilderness, so that the Indians could follow it back to the goods left behind.
There were her own trinkets and trousseau, in addition to those which her husband had left behind. Rawdon's generosity, when they were first married, has already been described and lauded.
And there was another of our acquaintances who was also to be left behind, a non-combatant, and whose emotions and behaviour we have therefore a right to know.
We might occasionally brush a lady's cheek, or conceal a blush or a smile, but the usitatissimum had been left behind us in the fields.
{usitatissimum had been left behind = the species name of linen means "most useful"; Madame Savon = literally, Mrs.
It is also much better for those tyrants who quit their kingdom to do this than to leave behind them money they have hoarded up; for their regents will be much less desirous of making innovations, and they are more to be dreaded by absent tyrants than the citizens; for such of them as he suspects he takes with him, but these regents must be left behind. He should also endeavour to appear to collect such taxes and require such services as the exigencies of the state demand, that whenever they are wanted they may be ready in time of war; and particularly to take care that he appear to collect and keep them not as his own property, but the public's.
Only through numberless perils to the very point whence we started, where those that we left behind secure, were all the time before us.
Asad Munir passed away on March 15 and left behind a suicide note regarding alleged disrespectful treatment meted out by NAB.
The dress was among an unusual array of items left behind by guests at Abandoned - pantomime horse Travelodge in the last year that included a glass eye and a gallon of water from Loch Ness.
A HUSBAND'S ashes in an antique urn topped the list of bizarre items left behind in Liverpool Travelodges in 2018.
But imagine being the guest who left behind their grandma at the Travelodge in Piccadilly.
A pair of goldfish named after a Royal couple and a family tree were among items left behind by absent- minded hotel guests in Stirling last year.
Now the Consett officers want the driver to know they have the phone which was left behind.