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exit stage left

1. noun A timely and inconspicuous exit or departure, done so as not to make a scene or attract attention to oneself. An allusion to stage directions in theater, indicating when (and where) an actor should leave the stage from a scene. When the rally was interrupted by protesters, the senatorial candidate made a quick exit stage left to avoid undue media attention.
2. verb To leave in a timely and inconspicuous manner, so as not to make a scene or attract attention to oneself. (Sometimes used as an imperative.) The CEO decided to exit stage left from the company before his embezzlements became too noticeable. I suggest you exit stage left before I lose my temper.
See also: exit, left, stage

exit

(from something) (to something) to go out of something or some place to another. The children exited from the school to the parking lot when the fire alarm rang. We exited to the main street from the parking lot.
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Panel (a) presents estimates for the four-year PTO distribution of those who exited DSP between 1995 and 1998; while Panel (b) examines differences in three-year PTO by sex and aggregated exit reason for those who exited DSP between June 1998 and May 1999.
Patterns are in fact somewhat difficult to discern from Table 10, with characteristics of DSP recipients who exited out of the IS system not appearing to be significantly different by the proportion of time off payments.
Three-year PTO by sex and broad exit reason--Persons who exited DSP June 1998 to May 1999 Employment Other positive exit Other exit Males Mean 0.
However, as the deputies pulled away from the curb, they noticed a car pulling in behind them; a man who fit the physical description on the warrant exited the vehicle.
After the sergeant pulled the vehicle over, the driver of the vehicle exited, and the officer, who had 11 years of law enforcement experience, asked to see his driver's license.
He exited his vehicle and was walking up his driveway when he was approached by an unknown assailant, who shot the victim repeatedly with a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun hitting him in the front head, neck, front and rear upper torso, front and rear below the waist, and arms/ hands, with the fatal wound being the shot to the back.
When the friend arrived and parked behind the patrol car, the sergeant exited his vehicle.