Idioms Using The Word Leave
Leave someone cold
When something leaves you cold it completely fails to interest or attract you.
- Her snobbish nature left me cold.
- Cricket just leaves me cold.
Leave someone hanging / leave something hanging
To leave someone hanging is to let them remain in a difficult situation. To leave something hanging is to fail to solve a difficult situation.
- We must do something to help John. We can’t leave him hanging.
- It was a crucial issue that just could not be left hanging.
Leave someone high and dry
To leave someone high and dry is to put them in a very difficult or unpleasant situation.
- By forming a partnership with our biggest competitor, they have left us high and dry.
Leave it at that
To leave it at that is to not do anything more about something.
- John has realized his mistake. He has even said sorry, so let’s leave it at that.
Leave a lot to be desired
When something leaves a lot to be desired it is of very low quality.
- The photography of the film leaves a lot to be desired. (= The photography of the film is of very low standard.)
Leave no stone unturned
To leave no stone unturned is to do everything possible to solve a problem.
- The police officer assured that no stone would be left unturned in the investigation into the murder.
Leave something to chance / fate
To leave something to chance / fate is to not try to change the way something is happening.
- We can’t leave anything to chance, so we must plan for every possibility.