Leaving so soon?


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Leaving so soon?

1. A polite, somewhat rhetorical inquiry to a guest who is leaving a social meeting sooner than expected. A: "Well, thank you for dinner, but I really must get back to the house." B: "Aw, leaving so soon? We were going to play a few board games after dessert!"
2. By extension, an ironic phrase said to someone who is trying to escape a dangerous or threatening situation. Used chiefly in fiction. "Leaving so soon?" the killer said to the detective, as he lunged at her with a knife.
See also: Leave

(Are you) leaving so soon?

 and You leaving so soon?
a polite inquiry made to a guest who has announced a departure. (Appropriate only for the first few guests to leave. It would seem sarcastic to say this to the last guest to leave or one who is leaving very late at night.) Sue: We really must go. Sally: Leaving so soon? Sue: Fred has to catch a plane at five in the morning. John (seeing Tom at the door): You leaving so soon? Tom: Yes, thanks for inviting me. I really have to go. John: Well, good night, then.
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