#75 – TO LEAVE OUT


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1. to omit/not include/not mention something, “You left out some important details from the financial report”
2. to exclude someone, “I always get left out of their games”
3. to “feel left out” = to feel excluded
4. “oh leave it out!” = I don’t believe you / stop it!

TRANSCRIPT
Hello everyone, it’s Luke here, and that’s right, it’s time for another phrasal verb. It’s been quite a long time since the last one. I had a bit of a hiatus from doing them. Lots of reasons. I’m not going to go into all those reasons now. The main thing is – here’s another phrasal verb for you.
And what is today’s Phrasal Verb? It’s TO LEAVE OUT.
You know the word “leave” – means that when you exit a place, to leave.
But TO LEAVE OUT means something else. It means to, kind of, not include something, to omit something or to not mention something – TO LEAVE something OUT, okay? To not include it, alright?
For example:
– Thompson, can I have a word with you about this financial report that you put on my desk yesterday?
– Yeah, certainly. Yeah.
– It seems that you LEFT OUT some rather important details.
– Oh, did I? Oh, sorry about that.
– Yeah, looking at the report here I can see that you LEFT OUT the sales turnover for the third quarter of last year. Why is that exactly?
And you say:
– Well, I’m really sorry. I did LEAVE it OUT. The reason I LEFT it OUT is because I don’t know what they are. Sorry! I just thought, well I could just make it up, but… it’s probably best to be honest, so I’m just going to LEAVE it OUT, okay? Just because I don’t know. For some reason that’s not… those figures are not included in the accountancy report.
And the boss says:
– Normally, Thompson, normally you would be fired for omitting such important information from an accountancy report, but because it’s you we’re going to keep you on the team, Thompson, because we like you, despite the fact that you have lost the company millions of pounds over the years. We just like your straight-up honest frank attitude, and you’re a good laugh to have around the office. Just don’t do it again Luke, okay? Don’t LEAVE OUT any important financial details because it could ruin the finances of this company.
Okay? Good. Fine. So that’s TO LEAVE something OUT.

You can also LEAVE someone OUT. Or you can feel LEFT OUT as well. That’s quite common – TO feel LEFT OUT. So, you know, at school when you play football with all the other kids at school… sometimes if you’re not a great footballer you can feel a bit LEFT OUT in that situation, right? You know what I mean?
When I was a kid at school they always picked the teams in a same way. Everyone would stand in a line in a playground and then two kids – probably the two most popular kids, or the ones who were best at football – would then pick, they would take turns to pick members of the team. And there’s always one kid left at the end that nobody wants on their team. And I always used to feel a bit sorry for that kid ’cause I used to think: “He must feel really LEFT OUT in that situation.” Because nobody picked him for the team.
There you go – TO feel LEFT OUT, alright?
So other people are doing something and you’re not involved, or you’re not included in it, you might feel a bit LEFT OUT – because they LEFT you OUT. Fine.

Also, in Britain we have another expression, a kind of fixed expression with this phrase TO LEAVE OUT, and that’s a:
– Oh LEAVE it OUT! LEAVE it OUT, will you?!
“LEAVE it OUT” there means “stop it”. Stop doing it!
We use that when someone is doing something annoying. They might be teasing you or just, you know, getting on your nerves in some way.
– Oh LEAVE it OUT! Shut up! Get off! Oh LEAVE it OUT, will you?!
Meaning: stop doing it, it’s annoying.
We also say “Oh LEAVE it OUT!” when someone is saying something that you don’t believe. So if you think someone is lying: “Oh LEAVE it OUT!”
– You know what, I saw a massive UFO yesterday.
– Oh LEAVE it OUT with your UFO stories! Come on!

There you go. Alright. So that’s it. That’s the return of a “A Phrasal Verb a day”, and let’s hope I can keep it up. Okay? Alright. Good. Speak to you again soon! Bye

  • kamil

    Are the folllowing expressions the same?: Knock it off and leave it out. While preparaing an annual report for my employer I left out a lot of important details. As a consequence, I got sacked. When I was in high school there was this strange gay in my class who was awfully bad at team plays. He was always left out while picking a team. I really felt for the guy. He seemed to be upset about it. So, one day, as a man with the high sense of empathy, I chose him as the first member of my team. At that very moment he was delighted. Everyone seemed a bit suprised about my choice but I didn’t give a damn about it. I was just proud of myself. I really like helping people.

    • *guy

      Yes those two expressions are the same, although they both have other meanings too.

  • Hi Luke! What a lovely surprise!!!:):)
    I am very happy because you are continuing with phrasal verbs!
    I have been listening your podcasts for a two months and I am impressed how useful is it for us learners.
    I have an idea:). Please tell us at least minimum donation which we have to pay after any new phrasal verb or episode in order to you continue with your activities. Things are very simple : no donation …no activities! :). Everybody likes learning for free , but it is finally the time to be rewarded for your significantly huge effort !!!
    Many thanks for all!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Luke for fix it and for all your efforts to make our english “a better place to live in”…(does it make any sense? I wonder…)

    • “thanks for fixing it”
      Yes, it makes sense. I guess you’re saying that English is a mental space and I’m helping you to make it a better place to live in, right?

  • Badou

    Hi LUKE, i can dowload this one, can you do anything please ? thanks in advance, take care and have a great day. badou

    • Hi Badou, it’s fixed now. you should be able to download it.