leave for dead

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Definition of leave for dead

: to leave (a person or animal) that one knows will probably die instead of trying to help They hit the dog with their car and left it for dead on the side of the road. He had been badly beaten and left for dead.

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“Leave for dead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leave%20for%20dead. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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