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leave behind

1. To depart (from some place) without bringing someone or something. In each usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "leave" and "behind." We decided to leave the kids behind when we go to Paris this spring so we can have a bit of time to ourselves. I can't believe I left my passport behind! I hope they still let me on the plane.
2. To abandon or forsake someone or something. I can't believe he left his family behind to pursue a career in acting. I left behind teaching to focus on writing my novel.
3. To cause something to remain as a result, consequence, or byproduct of something else. I really hope this cut doesn't leave a scar behind. That fish you cooked last night really left behind a bad smell, didn't it? The economic downturn left a lot of ruined lives behind.
4. To be outlived by members of one's family. He died at the age of 43, leaving behind his wife and two children.
5. To put an increasing amount of distance between oneself and someone or something else. She left the other racers behind after the second lap. We left the city behind us as we drove away.
6. To do increasingly better (in some field, activity, or situation) than someone or something else. Powerhouse retail chains continue to leave local businesses behind. The tech giant has totally left behind its competition in the mobile phone market.
7. To relegate someone or something to one's past. She wants to leave her old life behind when she moves to Europe next fall. I understand your decision to move abroad, but just don't leave your friends and family behind.
See also: behind, leave
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

leave someone or something behind

to fail or forget to bring someone or something along. John was sick, so we had to leave him behind. Oh, I left my money behind.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

leave behind

v.
1. To depart from some place, especially in order to begin a new stage of a journey: We left Paris behind and went on to Warsaw.
2. To abandon, neglect, or forego someone or something: I can't believe you would leave behind your whole family. We boarded the plane to Tahiti and left all our troubles behind. The teacher was afraid that the younger students were getting left behind.
3. To have someone or something remaining after one's death: When she died, she left behind two young children. Many of the soldiers who died in the war left families behind. The actor left behind a legacy when he died.
4. To depart or disappear, leaving something as a result: When the glacier receded, it left behind many small lakes.
5. To surpass someone or something: This new product will leave the competition behind.
See also: behind, leave
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
Perhaps she was in the very town I was leaving behind. Perhaps we had slept within a few houses of each other.
With all this in our minds, we waded ashore as fast as we could, leaving behind us the poor jolly-boat and a good half of all our powder and provisions.
Interestingly, the hotel chain has seen a growing trend in forgetful brides, with a York Central guest leaving behind her mother-inlaw and only realising when she got home.
Hotel bosses revealed that Cardiff's guests are not immune to leaving behind boring items - with chargers for electronic devices, mobile phones, books and sat navs among the most popular items ending up in lost and found offices in 2014.
While we hope you do not end up leaving behind precious items, Easy Taxi, the global taxi e-hailing app, explored some of the most extravagant items left behind in taxis in the Gulf region:
Brian "graduated" from Burncoat High School in 1985, leaving behind a trail of beleaguered educators and battle-bruised classmates.
ABSENT-minded guests are leaving behind more than rumpled sheets and soggy bath towels when they check out of their hotel room.
Instead, students are leaving behind a more eclectic group of items.
Instead, students are leaving behind a more eclectic group of items when they leave their digs at the end of the year, and pets were among the unusual items left behind.
It all starts when Hannah's father decides to join the Yankees to fight, leaving behind his struggling family to fend for themselves on their little farm in the Cumberland mountains.
And when winds slow and can no longer keep sandy particles airborne, the dust drops from the sky, leaving behind a gritty film.
Maybe SLAP will have to pick up what you're all leaving behind. Just trying to help my favorite mag.
Lo, and behold, dozens of those passengers suddenly vanish into thin air, leaving behind their wedding rings and contact lenses.
White, yellow, blue, and green fireballs, some leaving behind smoke trails, streaked across the sky.
Leaving behind such brilliant films as Eating Raoul (1982), Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989), Death Race 2000 (1975), and Private Parts (1972), Bartel died May 13 in New York at the age of 61, apparently of complications related to a form of liver cancer for which he had recently had surgery.