John: The coffee was great Mark, my compliments.
Mark: You are being too kind. Do you want some cookies?
John: I'm sorry, but I have a meeting in a few minutes, I take my leave.
by AlbertM August 16, 2009
A polite way of dismissing oneself from a meeting, gathering, conversation, or any situation that you may need to be excused from.
I thank you for your generosity and understanding and with that, I take my leave.

Well, tonight was most wonderful but I'm afraid I must take my leave.
by SnarryShipper3 December 23, 2016