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by-your-leave

[bahy-yer-leev] /ˈbaɪ yərˈliv/
noun
1.
an apology for not having sought permission.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15
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by-your-leave

noun
1.
a request for permission (esp in the phrase without so much as a by-your-leave)
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