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
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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 me alone!

Stop harassing me!; Don't bother me! John: You did it. You're the one who always does it. Bill: Leave me alone! I never did it. Fred: Let's give Bill a dunk in the pool. Bill: Leave me alone!
See also: leave
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

leave/let somebody aˈlone

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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

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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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