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leave someone in peace

Avoid disturbing or bothering someone, as in
It's best to leave Dean in peace when he's paying the bills
. This expression uses
peace
in the sense of “undisturbed,” a usage dating from the early 1200s. Also see
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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