1. To allow something to remain within something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "leave" and "in." Make sure you leave in these curlers for at least an hour or your hair will go flat again in no time.He left the key in the ignition while he went into the drugstore.2. To go without taking someone or something from within some position, place, or thing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "leave" and "in." I left the kids in the play room while I went up to have a shower.I think I left my phone in the hotel.See also: leave
leave someone or something in (something)
to permit someone or something to remain in something. We left the children in the house while we went out to greet the guests.Did you leave the dog in the car?Poor puppy! I didn't mean to leave you in.See also: leaveSee also:
desert or leave alone and in trouble, refuse to help or support someone He left me in the lurch when he didn
leave in the lurch|in the lurch|leave|lurch
v. phr. To desert or leave alone in trouble; refuse to help or support. The town bully caught Eddie, and Tom left him in the lurch.Bill quit his job, leaving his boss in the lurch. Compare: LEAVE FLAT, HIGH AND DRY2, WALK OUT2.