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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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Resident Dave Dow said: "There are about 30 travellers at the camp and a lot of mess is being left lying around. I would like to see them moved on.
'At the moment, with all the terrorism scares, that sort of material shouldn't just be left lying around.'
"There is a full schedule of volunteers ready to make sure that rubbish is not left lying around at the site and that any full banks are emptied quickly.
This resulted in a dramatic reduction in broken glass left lying around.
He said: 'With all the recent security scares, that sort of material shouldn't just be left lying around.'
As the ice retreated down the river valleys gravel was laid down and large boulders were left lying around the landscape.
Guns are left lying around homes as if they were harmless household goods.
Meanwhile, there's concern about a city park following complaints about broken bottles and cans left lying around the children's play area.
'The only thing left lying around this morning was a half-finished packet of Tunnock's caramel wafers.'
Sub-officer Bob Mount said people working with machines that risked generating sparks should take great care that petrol canisters were not left lying around.
The child became hooked at nine on drugs left lying around her home.
This means morsels are left lying around for other creatures to feast on.
They broke into his house and pinched pounds 70,000 worth of his 'bling bling' chains, as well as pounds 20,000 in cash which the former binman had left lying around. In total, they took pounds 105,000.
They also mean that used needles sometimes contaminated with deadly diseases such as HIV or hepatitis aren't left lying around.