leave (someone) to (their) own devices

leave (someone) to (their) own devices
leave (someone) to (their) own devices to let someone do what they want without helping them or trying to control them.

There are four hours of lessons each morning, and in the afternoon students are left to their own devices.

(usually passive)

Left to my own devices I wouldn't bother cooking in the evenings.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • leave someone to their own devices — phrase to leave someone alone to do whatever they want Left to my own devices (=if no one stopped me) , I’d probably watch TV every night. Thesaurus: to not limit something, or to not be limitedsynonym Main entry: device …   Useful english dictionary

  • leave someone to their own devices — ► leave someone to their own devices leave someone to do as they wish. Main Entry: ↑device …   English terms dictionary

  • leave someone to their own devices — leave someone to do as they wish without supervision. → device …   English new terms dictionary

  • leave someone to their own devices — to leave someone alone to do whatever they want Left to my own devices (= if no one stopped me), I d probably watch TV every night …   English dictionary

  • 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • left to one's own devices —    If you leave someone to their own devices, you let them look after themselves, without help or supervision.     When left to their own devices, many children watch TV and eat junk food …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • leave — [[t]li͟ːv[/t]] ♦ leaves, leaving, left 1) VERB If you leave a place or person, you go away from that place or person. [V n] He would not be allowed to leave the country... [V n] I simply couldn t bear to leave my little girl …   English dictionary

  • leave — 1 /li:v/ verb past tense and past participle left LEAVE A PLACE, VEHICLE 1 LEAVE (I, T) to go away from a place or a person: What time did you leave the office? | They were so noisy that the manager asked them to leave. (+ for): They re leaving… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • leave — leave1 W1S1 [li:v] v past tense and past participle left [left] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(go away)¦ 2¦(stop)¦ 3 leave somebody/something alone 4¦(let something/somebody stay)¦ 5¦(not change/move something)¦ 6¦(result of accident/illness/event)¦ 7 be left… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • left to own devises —    If you leave someone to their own devices, you leave them to look after themselves, with any help or supervision.     When left to their own devices, many children watch TV and eat junk food …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions


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