by-your-leave
noun Date: 1894 a request for permission <
imposed…without so much as a by-your-leave — J. L. Granatstein
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • by-your-leave — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun : a request for permission look over one s correspondence without so much as a by your leave Frances Towers * * * /buy yeuhr leev /, n. an apology for not having sought permission. [1910 15] * * * by your leave «BY yuhr LEEV,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • by-your-leave — noun Alternative spelling of by your leave …   Wiktionary

  • by your leave — by (or with) your leave with your permission with your leave, I will send him your address …   Useful english dictionary

  • by your leave — 1. adverb with your permission. 2. noun Request for permission …   Wiktionary

  • by-your-leave — /buy yeuhr leev /, n. an apology for not having sought permission. [1910 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • by-your-leave — /baɪ jə ˈliv/ (say buy yuh leev) noun a request for permission, or an apology …   Australian English dictionary

  • without so much as a by your leave — old fashioned phrase rudely, without asking permission She came in without so much as a by your leave and started telling us what to do. Thesaurus: impolite and rudesynonym Main entry: leave * * * without ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • without a by your leave; without so much as a by your leave — without a ˌby your ˈleave; without so much as a ˌby your ˈleave idiom (old fashioned) without asking permission; rudely • He walked straight in, without so much as a by your leave. Main entry: ↑leaveidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • without a by your leave — without (so much as) a by your leave old fashioned : without asking permission He borrowed my car without so much as a by your leave! • • • Main Entry: ↑leave …   Useful english dictionary

  • without so much as a by-your-leave — old fashioned if you say that someone does something without so much as a by your leave, you mean you are angry because they did not ask your permission to do it. That s twice now he s just marched in here without so much as a by your leave and… …   New idioms dictionary

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