Dutch Leave

What does Dutch Leave mean?

Going away without letting others know

Dutch leave is a clever tactic where someone exits a social event or an unenjoyable date without bidding farewell. This slang is frequently used in situations where the person is familiar with many attendees such as friends or family, and they want to avoid saying bye to everyone individually.

This sly move is typically pulled off by those who either don’t want to invest time in lengthy goodbyes, are too exhausted, don’t feel socially energized, or are simply short on time. It’s a common maneuver among introverts or individuals who want to save time.

This action is also known by other names such as the French exit, ghosting, and the Irish goodbye. All these terms essentially mean the same thing – leaving a gathering without announcing your departure.

Example for using ‘Dutch Leave’ in a conversation

Had a great time at the party last night! πŸŽ‰

Me too! It was so much fun catching up with everyone. πŸ˜„

Yeah, definitely! I actually did a Dutch Leave, though. πŸ˜…

Oh, really? I didn’t even notice! What made you decide to do that? πŸ€”