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leave (something) on the table

leave (something) on the table
 v. phr.— «Don’t hold out for the last dollar. Instead, leave something on the table for the next owner. “It’s riskier to be the last builder rather than the first,” Sletten advises. “If you hold out to the very end, the use your property is designed for may be overbuilt, and then no one will want to buy it.”» —“Looking For Raw Land In All The Right Places” by Lew Sichelman Chicago Tribune (Home Guide 1) Dec. 24, 1988. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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