leave out



leave out (third-person singular simple present leaves out, present participle leaving out, simple past and past participle left out)

  1. To omit, to not include, to neglect to mention.
    The journalist decided to leave out certain details from her story.
    The journalist decided to leave the sleaze out of her story.
    • 1953, Samuel Beckett, Watt
      But apart from this, it is difficult for a man like Watt to tell a long story like Watt's without leaving out some things, and foisting in others.
    • 2011 June 4, Phil McNulty, “England 2 - 2 Switzerland”, in BBC[1]:
      Capello mystifyingly left Ashley Young out despite a match-winning display in the Euro 2012 qualifier win in Wales in March and he only underlined the folly of the decision by emerging as substitute at half-time and striking a fine equaliser six minutes after coming on.
  2. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see leave,‎ out.
    After breakfast, there were still some ingredients left out that needed to be put away.



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