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leave (something) on the table

leave (something) on the table
 v. phr.— «He admitted he does have bad dreams occasionally about an estimator’s most dreaded mistake—“leaving something on the table”—in layman’s terms, forgetting to include a figure in a final estimate.» —“Construction-cost estimators can ruin builder with bad guess” Chicago Tribune June 24, 1973. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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