leave (something) to (one) (to do something)

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leave (something) to (one) (to do something)

1. You can depend on one (to accomplish a particular task). A: "I need to find someone who can fix my back fence." B: "Leave it to me! I've already got all the tools and materials I'll need." I'll leave setting up the internet and stuff to Janet—she's better with those sorts of things.
2. It is very typical of one (to do something or behave in a particular way). Leave it to Brian to screw up the one thing we asked him to do. A: "My computer isn't connecting to the internet." B: "Ugh, leave it to the IT department. They're always changing the login passwords with out telling us!"
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leave it to someone

to depend on someone to behave in a certain way. Leave it to Harry to mess things up. She did it wrong again. Leave it to Janet! Jane: Will you do this as soon as possible? Mary: Leave it to me.
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leave someone or something to someone

to give or abandon someone or something to someone. I leave Mr. Franklin to you. Good luck in dealing with him. I leave the whole problem to you. Good luck.
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leave something to someone

1. Lit. to will something to someone. My grandfather lefthis house to my mother. I will leave this watch to one of my grandchildren.
2. to assign work to or reserve a task for someone. I will leave this last little bit of the job to you. Can I leave this last part to Carl to finish?
3. Go to leave it to someone.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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