Definition of by (or with) your leave in English:

by (or with) your leave


  • 1With your permission.

    ‘with your leave, I will send him your address’
    • ‘But with your leave, friend, I shall take a cut through the woods until we have left this Christian woman behind.’
    • ‘Even by your leave Robin, it is not fitting for my order to strike a yeoman for fear an injury he may receive.’
    • ‘Member for Lewes (Mr. Baker), and with your leave, Mr. O'Brien, he will speak to amendment No.27 in a moment.’
    • ‘And finally, with your leave, I'll sit down and satisfy my cravings of to-day, and leave to-morrow to shift for itself - who knows but what I may secure both this and that?’
  • 2informal An apology for rude or unwelcome behaviour.

    ‘she came in without so much as a by your leave’
    • ‘No, here were some of the top people in the dotcom world and these youngsters just walked out on them in mid sentence without a by your leave.’
    • ‘The Virginia Department of Taxation has gone from examination of no records to collection of a naked assessment without so much as a by your leave.’
    • ‘My Lord, I ask for leave to appeal in respect of both of your Lordship's decisions, and with your leave I will go on to say why?’
    • ‘I was put on hold without so much as a by your leave.’