Offsetting axis lines ("spines")

How would I go about achieving an effect like the following, where the y/x axis “spines” (this is what matplotlib calls them) are not joined even at the lower left corner, if there is a way at all? (I haven’t found an option to bound the extent of an axis line, but maybe one can partially hide it below a line the same colour as the background?

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(Example taken from

Axes have a bounds property:

I could have sworn I went through there at some point. Thanks a lot!

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