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


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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I have three wasp's nest in the garden and am infamous for my interview a few years ago (also on Radio Wales) where I insisted that insects understand Yes and No - if you read the riot act to a wasp it will leave you alone.
If he won't leave you alone, calls you all the time, or makes you feel frightened, you must contact the police.
Reverend Craft blasts the popular modern credo, "I'll leave you alone to do whatever you want to do, as long as you leave me alone to do my thing." That credo, he says, is being spouted by people all over the United States--especially by the young--and shows that immorality is already morphing into the dangerous state called moral apathy.
Of course you think you're in control - and perhaps you are - but they don't see it like that.They just see you wasting away and that is why they can't leave you alone, they care too much about you.
She said, "I don't want to leave you alone here." I said, "It's safer for you to leave." They came to California, where my older brother has lived for five years.
And, as for the brainwaves who mutter 'Leave them alone and they'll leave you alone'.
For example, the Paris guide's language section has categories labeled "when pestered" and "emergency situations." Some of the translations included here are how to tell someone to leave you alone in no uncertain terms (Fichez-moi la paix!) and that reliable old standard for discouraging unwanted company, I'm waiting for my husband (Jattends mon mari).