leave (someone or something) alone

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leave (someone or something) alone

To not interact with or bother someone or interfere with something. Come on, she didn't do anything to you. Leave her alone. At a certain point, you have to just leave the painting alone instead of continuing to make changes to it. I know you're trying to help, but I'd really rather just be left alone right now.
See also: alone, leave

leave (someone, something, or some creature) alone

 and let (someone, something, or some creature) alone; leave (someone, something, or some creature) be; let (someone, something, or some creature) be
to stop bothering someone or something. Don't torment the cat. Leave it alone. I don't want your help. Let me alone. Don't argue about it. Let it be!
See also: alone, leave

leave someone alone

Also, let someone alone. Refrain from disturbing or interfering with someone. For example, She'll manage very well if you just leave her alone, or Stop teasing the dog; let him alone. [c. 1400] Also see leave one in peace; let alone; let be.
See also: alone, leave, someone

leave/let somebody aˈlone


leave/let somebody ˈbe

stop annoying somebody or trying to get their attention: She’s asked to be left alone but the press photographers follow her everywhere.Leave him be — he obviously doesn’t want to talk about it.
See also: alone, leave, let, somebody

leave/let something aˈlone


leave/let something ˈbe

stop touching, changing or moving something: I’ve told you before — leave my things alone!
See also: alone, leave, let, something
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Dubai Police Rescue team has called on parents to pay attention to their children, and not leave them alone in the car under any circumstance.
I thought this was an excellent idea - leave them alone, it's less work for the parents, and better for the children.
Later the paparazzi followed the two into an open-air bar, Hince yelling at him to leave them alone.
It was in Florida that the strategy started to crumble, reminding any politician who cared to listen that a lot of voters just want the government to leave them alone.
After experimenting for years with growing hydrangeas in the Valley, pruning them at all times and in all ways, I have finally reached the conclusion that if you want to grow glorious hydrangeas, just leave them alone.
I decided to leave them alone to enjoy their amusement.
A whistlestop tour of five wildland gems brings a clear message: if we want their values to last, we can't just leave them alone.
Even evangelical Christians pay taxes, struggle with regulations, and want the government to leave them alone.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust say the biggest risk at that time is if someone disturbs them, and is urging the public who might spot any young seals basking not to panic and to simply leave them alone.
You can leave them alone and watch as they go into futher decline, or remove them right away.
Sometimes, when you just leave them alone, they can find their way back, and other times they can't," Whitman said.
The key to growing healthy Ceanothus plants is to leave them alone.
Do I leave them alone or trim them back for the winter?
He's painted some of the most prominent murals in the San Fernando Valley, and the taggers leave them alone,'' said Kramer.