A breaking away from old or habitual patterns of behaviour; leaving a situation, such as a relationship, a financial set-up or work; the struggle to become independent as in leaving home. Sometimes: Desire to get away from responsibility or difficulties. Can also refer to death, perhaps when we see a spouse walking away from us, or departing on journey. This is not necessarily a prediction, but confronting the situation. Idioms: New departure; the departed dead; leave in the lurch; leave someone to it; left holding the baby.