leave someone to his or her own devices

Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of leave someone to his or her own devices

:to allow (someone) to do what he or she wants or is able to do without being controlled or helped by anyone else often used as be left to one's own devices
  • The students were left to their own devices when the teacher failed to appear on time.

Word by Word Definitions

leave play
  1. : bequeath, devise

  2. : to have remaining after one's death

  3. : to cause to remain as a trace or aftereffect

  1. : permission to do something

  2. : authorized especially extended absence from duty or employment

  3. : an act of leaving : departure

  1. : leaf

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

her play
  1. : of or relating to her or herself especially as possessor, agent, or object of an action — compare 1she

  1. : objective case of she

own play
  1. : belonging to oneself or itself

  2. used to express immediate or direct kinship

  1. : to have or hold as property : possess

  2. : to have power or mastery over

  3. : to acknowledge to be true, valid, or as claimed : admit

  1. : one or ones belonging to oneself

device play devices
  1. : something devised or contrived: such as

  2. : plan, procedure, technique

  3. : a scheme to deceive : stratagem, trick


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