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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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She waited a reasonable time to hear her son's light step bounding over the rustling leaves to tell of his success.
The city requires leaves to be bagged in the biodegradable lawn bags.
Both Eugene and Lane County need leaves to be left in piles in the street, at least 15 feet from cars.
Perhaps you'll arrange the leaves to show off their shapes, sizes, and colors.
When the leaves are dry or nearly soil, run the lawn mower repeatedly over the leaves to break them up.
That uneven elongation puts mechanical pressure on the leaves to bend inward, says team member Yoel Forterre, now at the University of Provence in Marseille, France.
* FMLA/CFRA generally require employers to reinstate employees who have been on the leaves to their original or equivalent positions with no loss in seniority or benefits.
It takes 7 to 10 days (longer in cool or moist climates) for the leaves to become crisp enough to crumble.
Nor do I bury potatoes in a pile of leaves to roast them while the leaves burn.
How do leaf-cutting ants, which carry leaves to their nests, make such clean cuts?
For leaves to care for a seriously ill son, daughter, spouse, or parent, or for the employee's own serious health condition, an employee may elect, or an employer may require the employee, to use any accrued unused paid vacation, personal leave, or medical or sick leave.
LEAF DYNAMICS Peak, Mott, and their collaborators compared the movements of patches of synchronized pores in cocklebur leaves to those of patches of black and white cells in the automata that Mitchell's team studied.
Also, there are mountains of dead leaves to be deal with.
New Caledonian crows make probes from tree leaves to poke at hard-to-reach prey, explains Gavin Hunt of the University of Auckland.