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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 to (one)

1. To give or bequeath something to one. A noun or pronoun is used between "leave" and "to." My great-uncle left his cabin in Montana to me. My father left this watch to me when he died, and I plan to leave it to my son in turn.
2. To allow or assign one to deal with something or someone; to reserve something for one to do or deal with. A noun or pronoun is used between "leave" and "to." Leave the financial side of things to me—I have a plan that's sure to make us money. You just deal with your own department and leave the marketing team to us. I'll leave this part of the report to you, since it's your area of expertise.
3. It is very typical of one to do something or behave in a particular way. (Always used in the form "leave it to (one).") 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 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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such as the employee's own serious health condition, or parental leave to bond with a new child or a newly placed foster child or adopted child.
For which family members can an employee take FMLA leave to provide care?
In one lawsuit that UnumProvident cited, a long-time employee alleged his former employer terminated him for using family medical leave to care for two ill parents.
For example, if employees need to take a short leave to care for a spouse, they can use only part of their paid family leave allotment.
This rule has been fairly well-learned in Washington and people who leave to scoop up the dough keep quiet.
The law guarantees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to full-time workers who need to care for their parents, spouses, newborn or newly adopted children, sick children or themselves.
Now, companies that have more than 50 employees must grant up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-guaranteed leave to care for a newly born or adopted child, a sick family member, or a serious health condition of their own.
The Act permits leave to be taken for these purposes "intermittently" or on a "reduced leave schedule" when medically necessary, without the employers approval.
Employers should check with knowledgeable legal counsel before denying any worker leave to be sure they aren't violating any state or local laws that might preempt the act.
Some states, including New Jersey and Massachusetts, are considering laws to allow up to 26 weeks leave to care for newborn, adopted or seriously ill children.
State and federal law also allow eligible employees, men and women, to take protected leave to bond with a newborn child or a newly placed foster child or newly adopted child (under the age of 18 or an adult dependent incapable of self care due to a physical or mental impairment).
Employees do not have the option of making elective deferrals or contributions to the plan, and cannot choose whether to participate in the plan or determine how much accumulated, unused sick leave to contribute to the plan.