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leave behind something/someone

phrasal verb with leave  us   /liv/ verb (past tense and past participle left  /left/ )
to go away and not take something or someone with you: The flood victims were forced to leave behind family photos and mementos. We left him behind to continue to help out. He left behind a wife and six-year-old twin boys (= He died but they are still living).
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