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leave alone


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v leave alone leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking "leave it as is","leave the young fawn alone","leave the flowers that you see in the park behind"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Leave alone to let remain undisturbed
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  • John Updike
    “I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Life is mostly froth and bubble. Two things stand like stone: Dodging duty at the double, leaving work alone.”
  • James A. Froude
    “We enter the world alone, we leave the world alone.”
  • Robert Browning
    “Go practice if you please with men and women: leave a child alone for Christ's particular love's sake!”


Leave well alone - If you leave something well alone, you keep a safe distance from it, either physically or metaphorically.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lǽfan, to leave a heritage (láf), lifian, to be remaining.


In literature:

Rajinder Singh lived alone; for the Sikh, when he enters Imperial service, leaves his wife behind in her own village.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
Better leave him quite alone.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Bessie did leave her alone, but it made her heart ache to see the lines under Hatty's eyes, that showed she had cried herself to sleep.
"Our Bessie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Just you go and leave my daughter alone.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
I ought to have guessed, I suppose, that they wouldn't leave you alone .
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The leaves are still, the birds asleep, And they are left alone.
"The Trail of a Sourdough" by May Kellogg Sullivan
It's a shame, our leaving her alone this way.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
Seen funny things in the East; thingsh decent men better leave alone.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
None of you bothered about my father; you were glad to leave him and me alone.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
He beats me; he leaves me alone with the sheep.
"The Flockmaster of Poison Creek" by George W. Ogden
Go on home and leave me alone.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
And leave me alone with two women?
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
The scurrying wood creatures and the dropping of dead leaves alone broke the silence.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
Hampstead of course obeyed his father's injunctions, and went down to Trafford instantly, leaving his sister alone at Hendon Hall.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
Don' leave me to die all alone.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
No, no, leave it alone.
"The Benefactress" by Elizabeth Beauchamp
In a moment the lieutenant was summoned, leaving Frances alone between the two forces with Macdonald.
"The Rustler of Wind River" by G. W. Ogden
Go on your way, and leave that woman alone.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
But I warn you we are well prepared, and you would do far better to leave us alone.
"With Rifle and Bayonet" by F.S. Brereton
I can't leave them alone.
"A Question of Marriage" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

In poetry:

Let, oh world, ah let me be!
Tempt me not with gifts of pleasure.
Leave alone this heart to treasure
All its joy, its misery.
"Seclusion" by Eduard Morike
Let, oh world, all, let me be!
Tempt me not with gifts of pleasure.
Leave alone this heart to treasure
All its joy, its misery.
"Seclusion" by Eduard Morike
When my hands no more are spread,
For this people, towards thy throne,
Place a worthier in my stead!
Father, leave them not alone!
"Hymns For Ordination and Installation XI" by John Pierpont
Behind all being a purpose lies,
Undeviating as God hath willed;
And he alone it is who dies,
Who leaves that purpose unfulfilled.
"Life" by Madison Julius Cawein
What's the cause that she leaves you alone
And a new way doth take,
That sometime did love you as her own,
And her joy did you make?
"As ye came from the Holy Land" by Anonymous British
Draw not away thy hands, my love,
With wind alone the branches move,
And though the leaves be scant above
The Autumn shall not shame us.
"Love's Gleaning Tide" by William Morris

In news:

"Leave Us Alone Or We're Coming For You.".
Let 's leave well enough alone — for now.
The Winnebago County parents found guilty of leaving their children home alone while they went to Mari Gras have learned their fate.
Congress' left flank is pushing back against the notion that liberals simply want to leave entitlements alone.
Leave Me Alone – I'm Lonely .
He was seen walking into the West Wing alone after arriving in a black SUV, and was seen leaving a little over an hour later.
Leave Me Alone, I'm a Retired Multi- Millionaire .
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Dead Hour by Denise Mina .
Thai Foes Unite on Leaving Monarchy Law Alone: Southeast Asia.
Police say it`s best to leave the moose alone and they will eventually leave our area.
A mother accused of leaving her 16-month-old child alone at a Motel 6 in Speedway now faces a felony neglect charge.
The worst thing you can do is leave Leo alone to " mourn ".
Woman Leaves Two Children Home Alone While She Goes to Doughnut Shop and Nightclub, Police Say.
State troopers arrested 33-year-old Mark Wayne Williams on Sept 29 because he wouldn't leave them alone while they searched for a driver who had fled an accident.
Elementary coach fired after leaving students alone with sex offender .

In science:

Using CMB alone leaves the 2-parameters space (ΩQ, wQ ) almost unconstrained.
Cosmological parameters estimation in the Quintessence Paradigm
The key step is the identification of the new coordinate t∗, which absorbs mischievous θ-dependent terms to leave the corresponding r∗ (such that r∗ ± t∗ are null) miraculously available as a function of r alone.
Kerr black holes in horizon-generating form
Since the application will be in physics, we will not discuss the case of Clifford algebras over complex numbers (leave alone quaternions), but concentrate on Clifford algebras over Rp,q still allowing arbitrary signature.
Basics of M-Theory
This reflects the fact that the net evolution may be represented by a quantum operation which flips the state of the qubit with 50% probability, E(ρ01 (tM )|Uc (tM, t0 = 11) = E( ˜ρ01 (tM )), as desired. and leaves it alone otherwise.
Dynamical control of qubit coherence: Random versus deterministic schemes
We leave open the very interesting question whether the algebraic conditions alone might already be sufficient to conclude from one, δ or d, being a generator, that also the other is a generator.
Generators of Dynamical Systems on Hilbert Modules
Apart from the constant term √−η which one leaves alone, one obtains a Lagrangian formally the same as GTR with four minimally coupled massless scalar fields and a cosmological constant.
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
Note that 1-toughness, let alone the assumption that deleting k vertices never leaves more than k infinite components, is not enough to ensure that |G| contains a circle through all its ends.34 Asking for ‘hamiltonicity for ends’ as in (ii) may be interesting also as a weakening of other hamiltonicity conjectures.
Locally finite graphs with ends: a topological approach
This note clearly scratches only the tip of an iceberg and leaves many questions unanswered even in affine geometry let alone Riemannian geometry.
Riemannian geometry as a curved pre-homogeneous geometry
The phase flip channel leaves alone states |+i and |−i with probability 1 − p and changes |+i to |−i and vice versa with probability p.
Quantum Computation and Quantum Information
Whatever Alice and Bob do, once they leave Eve alone with the lockboxes Eve could just read out their contents using the value operator and by Alice and Bob would be none the wiser.
Can Quantum Cryptography Imply Quantum Mechanics?
Inflation is the most successful paradigm which can explain the scale invariant density perturbations, the horizon and flatness problems, however, inflation alone cannot explain the observable Universe, because inflation leaves the Universe cold and devoid of (almost) any entropy.
Sneutrino condensate source for density perturbations, leptogenesis and low reheat temperature
As the polar alignment was progressively improved, we could then leave the telescope alone almost 8 hours without losing the star.
Site testing in summer at Dome C, Antarctica
Such a (trivial!) measurement process corresponds to leaving the quantum system alone, and does not reveal any information about the system (in fact, if the system state is unknown, it will still be completely unknown after the measurement), but is also clearly the measurement implying minimal disturbance.
Feedback control in quantum optics: an overview of experimental breakthroughs and areas of application
Multiplying ψ(δλ )T ψ(δλ )∗ on either side by ψ(δv ) gives 0 unless v = s(λ), and leaves it alone if v = s(λ).
Product systems of graphs and the Toeplitz algebras of higher-rank graphs
So let us consider an exchange move which leaves p alone but involves q being exchanged with another node r .
Disordered locality in loop quantum gravity states