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leave (something) lying around

To leave something in a haphazard or careless location or position (in, on, or at some place). You can't leave such sensitive information just lying around the office—someone could see it who's not meant to. Who left all these boxes lying around? Someone could trip over them!
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But at the end of the day, the amount collected has been dismal: there are only Rs9bn in the dam coffers, less than 1pc of the project cost the amount is too large to leave lying around, and yet it is nowhere near substantial to even help the project along.
The amount of refuse bags people leave lying around the alleygates and behind their back or side walls is a disgrace.
But with a price tag of more than PS2000, it's not one you would want to leave lying around at your local Highland games.
When Innovative Spinal Technologies went bankrupt and shut down its headquarters in Mansfield, Mass., earlier this year, it probably left behind a lot of the same stuff that you would expect any defunct business to leave lying around: files, office equipment, and coffee makers.
In addition, 40 per cent of workers are more than happy to read company sensitive information, which highlights that it is not just the individual that needs to be careful of what they leave lying around.
"The pavements are getting worse with all the junk that sighted people leave lying around.
The cities had to be guarded so that a relative of the one killed could not get in and take vengeance on the manslaughterer--and, in case an avenger did get in, the citizens of the cities were forbidden to leave lying around any objects that might be used as weapons.
While most of us don't have to worry too much about overzealous fans nicking items we might accidentally leave lying around, superstar Nicole Kidman was surprised to discover that a sneaky fan was auctioning a swimsuit she left behind at the pool for big money on the internet.