leave someone to his or her own devices

idiom

: 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.

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“Leave someone to his or her own devices.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leave%20someone%20to%20his%20or%20her%20own%20devices. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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