leave you to your own devices

leave you to your own devices
leave you to your own devices
◇ If someone leaves you to your own devices or you are left to your own devices, you are allowed to do what you want or what you are able to do without being controlled or helped by anyone else.

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.

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Main Entry:device
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leave you to your own devices — see device
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Main Entry:leave

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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