One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Leave someone to do as they wish without supervision.
- ‘I think if we were to turn the clock back, we wouldn't have left them to their own devices, more or less unsupervised, for three years, while they blithered and had their internal political machinations and so on.’
- ‘Without an institution to cling to, they are left to their own devices in all respects.’
- ‘Members of the community say they have been left to their own devices by law enforcement officials for many years, and are struggling between an instinctive resentment of police and a burgeoning sense of the size of the problem.’
- ‘Stuck in the limbo of adolescence, too old to be tucked up in bed, too young to go down the pub, they are left to their own devices.’
- ‘Nature magically stimulates children's imaginations; their level of inventiveness and ingenuity seems to explode when they are left to their own devices.’
- ‘More than 300 Buddhists from Kent and Essex have been left to their own devices to worship at their own shrines at home or work.’
- ‘Bemused families said they were left to their own devices while Army personnel began controlled explosions.’
- ‘After flip-flopping, he finally kicked them out on October 3, leaving them to their own devices.’
- ‘Things did pick up in the second half, with the best scenes between Marie, Ben and Pete as they are left to their own devices on the ward.’
- ‘Brox realizes how difficult it will be for the schools the longer they are left to their own devices.’
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