to leave = 'to leave a bequest to'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 1 14:46:16 UTC 2011

The Salvation Army is running a commercial urging you to leave them your
money when you're dead.  An old guy tells an off-camera interviewer, "I am
choosing to leave them in my will. I have chosen to leave them in my will."

No context suggests (or, since this a TV commercial, ever would suggest)
that he'd ever thought about cutting the SA out of his will. Thus "leave,"
as above.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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