leave someone to his or her own devices

Definition of leave someone to his or her own devices

  1. :  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. Left to its own devices, the school would accept only the most advanced students.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  bequeath, devise

    :  to have remaining after one's death

    :  to cause to remain as a trace or aftereffect

  1. :  permission to do something

    :  authorized especially extended absence from duty or employment

    :  an act of leaving :  departure

  1. :  leaf

  1. :  some person :  somebody

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

  1. : objective case ofshe

  1. : heraldry

  1. : used to express immediate or direct kinship

  1. :  to have or hold as property :  possess

    :  to have power or mastery over

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

deviceplay devices
  1. :  something devised or contrived : such as

    :  plan, procedure, technique

    :  a scheme to deceive :  stratagem, trick

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