leave someone to his or her own devices

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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 devicesThe 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 24 Nov. 2020.

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