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(Redirected from take French leave)
- A sudden or unannounced departure, or one taken without permission.
2010, William Marvel, The Great Task Remaining: The Third Year of Lincoln's War, page 10:
- he may have felt a particular need to mitigate the responsibility of those who shirked their duty, for as he wrote that letter he had just returned from French leave himself.
a sudden or unannounced departure