take leave of

take leave of (someone or something)

To depart from someone or something. A possessive pronoun can be used between "take" and "leave." Unfortunately, it's time for me to take my leave of you lovely people. She took leave of the party as soon as she was able to give her well wishes to the hosts.
See also: leave, of, take
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

take leave of someone or something

to go away from someone or something. It is time for me to take leave of all of you. It saddened me to take leave of the city I grew up in.
See also: leave, of, take
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

take leave of

1. Also, take one's leave of. Depart from, say good-bye to. For example, Sorry but I have to take leave of you now, or After the movie we'll take our leave of you. [Mid-1200s]
2. take leave of one's senses. Behave irrationally, act crazy, as in Give them the keys to the house? Have you taken leave of your senses? [Late 1800s] Also see come to one's senses.
See also: leave, of, take
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.
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