Take French Leave

Meaning of Idiom ‘Take French Leave’ To take French leave is to leave without getting permission or without informing anyone; to leave a gathering without saying goodbye to the host; to quit a job without giving notice. Usage This expression is better left unused, as it may be seen as a slur toward the French. … Read more

Pardon My French

Also: Excuse my French. Used since the late 19th century or earlier. Meaning of Pardon My French Idiom Pardon my French is a (sometimes humorous) apology for bad language or swearing. Usually, when this idiom is used, we are only pretending to be sorry for cursing. Usage Pardon my French may still be heard in … Read more