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leave (something) on the table

leave (something) on the table
 v. phr.— «In recent years the biggest fortunes Wall Street has handed out have gone to enterprising merchants rather than to software stars on gene-splicing geniuses. Look outside the top ten and you will see First Boston and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. So don’t worry about the dealmakers. They always seem to leave something on the table for themselves.» —“Who’s Where In The Stock Market” Forbes Jan. 14, 1985. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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