leave well enough alone

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of leave well enough alone

:to stop changing something that is already good enough
  • He just doesn't know when to leave well enough alone.

Word by Word Definitions

leave play
  1. : bequeath, devise

  2. : to have remaining after one's death

  3. : to cause to remain as a trace or aftereffect

  1. : permission to do something

  2. : authorized especially extended absence from duty or employment

  3. : an act of leaving : departure

  1. : leaf

well play
  1. : an issue of water from the earth : a pool fed by a spring

  2. : source, origin

  3. : a pit or hole sunk into the earth to reach a supply of water

  1. : to rise to the surface and usually flow forth

  2. : to rise like a flood of liquid

  3. : to emit in a copious free flow

  1. : in a good or proper manner : justly, rightly

  2. : satisfactorily with respect to conduct or action

  3. : in a kindly or friendly manner

  1. used to indicate resumption of discourse or to introduce a remark

  2. used to express surprise or expostulation

  1. : prosperous, well-off

  2. : being in satisfactory condition or circumstances

  3. : being in good standing or favor

enough play
  1. : occurring in such quantity, quality, or scope as to fully meet demands, needs, or expectations

  1. : in or to a degree or quantity that satisfies or that is sufficient or necessary for satisfaction : sufficiently

  2. : fully, quite

  3. : in a tolerable degree

  1. : a sufficient number, quantity, or amount

alone play
  1. : separated from others : isolated

  2. : exclusive of anyone or anything else : only

  3. : considered without reference to any other

  1. : solely, exclusively

  2. : without aid or support


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