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English definition of “without so much as a by-your-leave”

without so much as a by-your-leave

old-fashioned disapproving
without asking for permission: That's twice now he's just walked in here without so much as a by-your-leave and picked a book off the shelf!Rude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire
(Definition of without so much as a by-your-leave from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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