Definition of be left to oneself in English:

be left to oneself


  • 1Be alone or solitary.

    ‘left to himself he removed his shirt and tie’
    • ‘In the eastern forest region, if the grass be left to itself, small trees soon spring up in its midst.’
    • ‘Eventually my wife would join them and I'd be left to myself for as far as the tank of gas would take me.’
    • ‘If a quarrelsome person is left to himself he will soon have nobody with which to quarrel.’
    • ‘But if any would polish it, it is made dim, and truly if it be left to itself its clearness is withholden.’
    • ‘If that balance is somehow compromised, and the bike is left to itself, it will fall every time!’
    • ‘For this young person to be left to herself in a country so far away could only expose her to danger.’
    • ‘All the conditions of line 6 are unfavourable, and its subject is left to himself without any helpers.’
    • ‘In my mind, this person is worthless, does not deserve a single penny, and should be left to himself to die.’
    • ‘The blessedness of this doctrine is that he shall not be left to himself nor suffered to perish.’
    • ‘We knew we were lucky when Aaron was so happy to be left to himself, not only as a baby, but also as a toddler.’
    1. 1.1 Be allowed to do what one wants.
      ‘women, left to themselves, would make the world a beautiful place to live in’
      • ‘This creates a stronger, healthy fox population, which is far more of a pest than if nature had been left to itself.’
      • ‘Further, whatsoever is left to itself cannot be subject to the providence of a governor.’
      • ‘Sexuality, if it is left to itself, as in the case of other species, is a simple biological need.’
      • ‘It probably won't happen, however, if Bush's Washington is left to itself.’
      • ‘While I prefer to be left to myself, this was one time I wouldn't have minded a little interference.’
      • ‘There is another haste that does often and will mislead the mind, if it be left to itself and its own conduct.’
      • ‘Otherwise we were left to ourselves in the simple guest house which is used for retreats.’
      • ‘First, it implies that a capitalist market economy cannot be left to itself, but is a social system in need of design and support.’
      • ‘Many of us in high school or college read William Goldman's novel, Lord of the Flies, which depicts the triumph of evil when man is left to himself.’
      • ‘These people have their own ways and would rather be left to themselves.’