leave (something) around

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leave (something) around

To leave something in a haphazard or careless location or position (in, on, or at some place). You can't leave such sensitive information around the office—someone could see it who's not meant to. Who left all these boxes around? Someone could trip over them!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

leave something (lying) around

 and leave something (lying) about
to permit something to lie around unguarded; to leave something somewhere carelessly. Don't leave your clothes lying around. Hang them up. Don't leave stuff lying about!
See also: around, leave
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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