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leave (something) lying 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 just lying around the office—someone could see it who's not meant to. Who left all these boxes lying around? Someone could trip over them!
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Regardless of the innocence, think of how this menace gets multiplied if many in the workplace, are eating a morning muffin at their desk, a sandwich at lunch and items like sugar packs or empty soda cups are left laying around. Unfortunately, people just do not realize how pervasive this becomes.
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All right, so it's not quite the usual laptop crammed with sensitive documents that are always left laying around nowadays, but would any shame-faced secret agents give us a call?