Definition of by-your-leave in US English:



  • Request for permission.

    ‘he borrowed my car without so much as a by-your-leave’
    See also leave
    • ‘They take our licence fee, without so much as a by-your-leave, and then pump out scores of adverts glorying in their own ability.’
    • ‘Without much by-your-leave I start to take off the scarf and the glasses.’
    • ‘Hygiene experts can say all they like about chucking your slap out every three months - but what's a girl to do if cosmetics manufacturers persist in discontinuing, say, ‘Rouge Eclat’ without so much as a by-your-leave?’
    • ‘I plug in another drive, a portable one I use for non-mission-critical backup; the folder transfers without so much as a by-your-leave.’
    • ‘Well, how rude. ‘Don't you turn your back on me without even a by-your-leave,’ Eita strode after him.’
    • ‘It is a novel which plucks the reader up only to plunk him down, firmly, in the muck and mire of everyday life, with nary by-your-leave nor apology tendered.’
    • ‘Imagine nominating a sycophantic nobody just when your poll numbers have given the mainstream media a by-your-leave to turn on the heat for your cronyism and machine politics.’
    • ‘And without even a by-your-leave, one of the receptionists stuck a digital thermometer in my ear, and took my temperature.’
    • ‘His obsessive knee-jerk reaction of jumping onto the country's retaliatory bandwagon without a by-your-leave demonstrates what an excuse for a leader we have.’
    • ‘Sarah was just about to mount onto one when Fin without so much as a by-your-leave hoisted her up into the saddle and the tied her horse to his.’
    • ‘The government of the United States will ask not so much as a by-your-leave.’
    • ‘Asha goes looking for her roots in rural Tamil Nadu and finds that people cut into conversation without so much as a by-your-leave; getting into a bus or train was always a test of Darwin's theory that the fittest alone could survive.’
    • ‘I tried to curse the selkie for pushing me into the portal without so much as a by-your-leave, but for some reason my voice wasn't working.’