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leave (something) lying about

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 about the office—someone could see it who's not meant to. Who left all these boxes lying about? Someone could trip over them!
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These sort of jobs are important and after all we are still paying high council tax and as libraries and swimming pools are closing, leaves are left lying about.
Common items left lying about in Yorkshire include books (16%), clothes (25%), toys (16%), antiques (9%), old vinyl records (12%), ornaments (8%) and paintings (1%).
"I can't believe this stuff was left lying about. It should have been shredded."
Graffiti was daubed on walls, bathrooms smashed and doors and syringes left lying about.