by your leave
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- with your permission.
- 1983: Tamora Pierce, Alanna: The First Adventure
- She leaned over and picked up Lightning. "By your leave, your Grace."
- 2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest,
- "By your leave, Mr. Turner" [...] "By YOUR leave, Mr. Norrington."
by your leave (plural by your leaves)
- Request for permission.
- Very commonly found in the expression Without so much as a 'by your leave'.
- 1897: Shanghai Mercury, Shanghai by Night and Day: Illustrated by 23 Reproductions from Photographs. Vol. I.
- "The natives have gathered on the top of every grave mound near by and though many resent the riding over their fields without a so much as a 'By your leave'...."
- 1946: Konstantin Trenev, In a Cossack Village, and Other Stories
- "He picked flowers without so much as a 'by your leave.'"
- 1986: Judith A. Jance, Trial by Fury
- "'To a place you've broken into without so much as a by-your-leave, to say nothing of a search warrant?'"