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 for French leave
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  French \French\ (fr[e^]nch), prop. a. [AS. frencisc, LL.
     franciscus, from L. Francus a Frank: cf. OF. franceis,
     franchois, fran[,c]ois, F. fran[,c]ais. See Frank, a., and
     cf. Frankish.]
     Of or pertaining to France or its inhabitants.
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     French bean (Bot.), the common kidney bean ({Phaseolus
     French berry (Bot.), the berry of a species of buckthorn
        ({Rhamnus catharticus), which affords a saffron, green or
        purple pigment.
     French casement (Arch.) See French window, under
     French chalk (Min.), a variety of granular talc; -- used
        for drawing lines on cloth, etc. See under Chalk.
     French cowslip (Bot.) The Primula Auricula. See
     French fake (Naut.), a mode of coiling a rope by running it
        backward and forward in parallel bends, so that it may run
     French honeysuckle (Bot.) a plant of the genus Hedysarum
        ({H. coronarium); -- called also garland honeysuckle.
     French horn, a metallic wind instrument, consisting of a
        long tube twisted into circular folds and gradually
        expanding from the mouthpiece to the end at which the
        sound issues; -- called in France cor de chasse.
     French leave, an informal, hasty, or secret departure;
        esp., the leaving a place without paying one's debts.
     French pie [French (here used in sense of "foreign") + pie
        a magpie (in allusion to its black and white color)]
        (Zool.), the European great spotted woodpecker ({Dryobstes
        major); -- called also wood pie.
     French polish.
     (a) A preparation for the surface of woodwork, consisting of
         gums dissolved in alcohol, either shellac alone, or
         shellac with other gums added.
     (b) The glossy surface produced by the application of the
     French purple, a dyestuff obtained from lichens and used
        for coloring woolen and silken fabrics, without the aid of
        mordants. --Ure.
     French red rouge.
     French rice, amelcorn.
     French roof (Arch.), a modified form of mansard roof having
        a nearly flat deck for the upper slope.
     French tub, a dyer's mixture of protochloride of tin and
        logwood; -- called also plum tub. --Ure.
     French window. See under Window.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Leave \Leave\, n. [OE. leve, leave, AS. le['a]f; akin to le['o]f
     pleasing, dear, E. lief, D. oorlof leave, G. arlaub, and
     erlauben to permit, Icel. leyfi. [root]124. See Lief.]
     1. Liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is
        removed; permission; allowance; license.
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              David earnestly asked leave of me.    --1 Sam. xx.
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              No friend has leave to bear away the dead. --Dryden.
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     2. The act of leaving or departing; a formal parting; a
        leaving; farewell; adieu; -- used chiefly in the phrase,
        to take leave, i. e., literally, to take permission to go.
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              A double blessing is a'double grace;
              Occasion smiles upon a second leave.  --Shak.
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              And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while,
              and then took his leave of the brethren. --Acts
                                                    xviii. 18.
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     French leave. See under French.
     Syn: See Liberty.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  French leave
      n 1: an abrupt and unannounced departure (without saying

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  45 Moby Thesaurus words for "French leave":
     AWOL, abscondence, absence, absence without leave, absentation,
     absenteeism, absenting, absquatulation, bolt, cut, day off,
     decampment, default, departure, desertion, disappearance,
     disappearing act, elopement, escape, excused absence, exit,
     fleeing, flight, fugitation, furlough, hasty retreat, hegira,
     holiday, hooky, leave, leave of absence, leaving, nonappearance,
     nonattendance, quick exit, running away, sabbatical leave,
     scramming, sick leave, skedaddle, skedaddling, truancy, truantism,
     unexcused absence, vacation

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