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It's a sort of nation state which acquired the other parts of the UK without so much as a by-your-leave from their populations.
The poor individual will then find themselves charged and found guilty without so much as a by-your-leave. Then he will regard his family honor as infringed and he will want amends.
The unprecedented deal has put the Federal Reserve and the federal government in the insurance business without so much as a by-your-leave from Congress.
So, on the one hand there's a bloke who has already had their trousers down to the value of a large house in Bootle, and he can have pounds 3,200 on without so much as a by-your-leave.
The suckers who have the democratic misfortune to be represented by the wrong end of the pantomime horse, whose own political representative, one T Blair Esq, has yoked us to the maddest, baddest fool on the planet without so much as a by-your-leave.
Our Government signed up to it without so much as a by-your-leave.
The silent majority of the trapped, prohibited from getting to work, visiting family, going to chapel, doing the weekly shopping, etc?; the silent majority whom the organisers couldn't even be bothered ask ``Do you mind?''; the silent majority who had this confinement foisted upon them without so much as a by-your-leave?
Not only does it lay eggs in the reed warbler's nest, without so much as a by-your-leave, but when its young chicks hatch they turf out the reed warbler's eggs.
The writer has set the scene of the three men meeting and visiting with Abraham, but then, without so much as a by-your-leave, it's a much different conversation.
Without so much as a by-your-leave, Peter Hebbleth waite slipped into eternity, leaving a terrible void for Tom Fox of NCR, John Wilkins of The Tablet and, above all, Margaret and their children.
Indeed, we have even been told that we are "citizens of the European Union", without so much as a by-your-leave.