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leave off

1. To omit or exclude someone from something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "leave" and "off." It was my mistake—I didn't mean to leave you off that email chain. Aw man, my favorite player was left off the roster.
2. To stop doing something, typically something that will be resumed later. I forget where I left off in my story before we were interrupted. You can start by picking up where you left off on Friday.
3. To leave someone at a particular destination. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "leave" and "off." You can leave me off here—my house is just down the street.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

leave off something

to quit something. DI have to leave off working for a while so I can eat. I left off reading and went downstairs for supper.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

leave off

1. Stop, cease; also, stop doing or using. For example, Mother told the children to leave off running around the house, or Please use a bookmark to show where you left off reading. [c. 1400]
2. leave something off. Omit, as in We found she had left off our names.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

leave off

v.
1. To fail to include something or someone in something, as a list; omit something or someone: We left them off the guest list because of their behavior at our last party. You've left off a zero from the end of this number.
2. To stop doing or using something: I picked up my book and began reading from where I left off. I left off writing my term paper and watched TV for a while.
3. To deliver something or someone to a place while underway somewhere else: I'll leave you off at my parents' house on the way to my house. My car wouldn't start after I left off the kids at school.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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