Meaning of “without so much as a by-your-leave” in the English Dictionary

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"without so much as a by-your-leave" in British English

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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!

(Definition of “without so much as a by-your-leave” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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