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What does take French leave mean?


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take French leave

Definition:

The phrase take French leave refers to the act of leaving a location or event without permission.

The origin of 'take a French leave'


The first record of this idiom dates back to 1771. It appeared in the English language at a point when the English and French cultures were profoundly linked.

Interestingly, there is a French equivalent of this phrase: 'filer à l'anglaise'. It literally means 'to leave the English way'.

Example(s):

I am so bored - I think I might take French leave this afternoon to meet Kate.

The soldier faces heavy charges after he took a French leave just before the deadly operation.

The only thing I could do was to take French leave and get out of there before someone could notice my presence.

This idiom is in the nationalities category


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