by-your-leave

noun
\ ˌbī-yər-ˈlēv How to pronounce by-your-leave (audio) \

Definition of by-your-leave

: a request for permission imposed … without so much as a by-your-leave— J. L. Granatstein

First Known Use of by-your-leave

1894, in the meaning defined above

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“By-your-leave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/by-your-leave. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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