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leave of absence

noun
1.
permission to be absent from duty, employment, service, etc.; leave.
2.
the length of time granted in such permission:
a two-year leave of absence.
Origin of leave of absence
1765-1775
1765-75
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  • This homely and wholesome couple one may meet any afternoon in Paris, on leave-of-absence days.

    A Love Episode Emile Zola
  • But it was entirely regular; we had leave-of-absence from college, and Mrs. McBride chaperoned us.

    Daddy Long-Legs Jean Webster
British Dictionary definitions for leave-of-absence

leave of absence

noun
1.
permission to be absent from work or duty
2.
the period of absence
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