left to their own devices


left to their own devices
left to use their own skills, left with no external help, left to manage by themselves

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • left to your own devices — If someone is left to their own devices, they are not controlled and can do what they want …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • left to your own devices —    If someone is left to their own devices, they are not controlled and can do what they want.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Left to My Own Devices — Infobox Single Name = Left to My Own Devices Artist = Pet Shop Boys from Album = Introspective Released = November 14, 1988 Format = 7 , 12 , cassette, CD single Recorded = 1987/88 Genre = Dance Length = 3:56 (7 ) 8:16 (album version) Label =… …   Wikipedia

  • 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 …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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 — 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

  • 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 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

  • leave (you) to (your) own devices — to allow you to decide for yourself what you do. Most of the time, the prisoners were left to their own devices by the guards. When the two sides were left to their own devices, they managed to agree on terms for a new contract …   New idioms dictionary

  • devices — noun an inclination or desire; used in the plural in the phrase left to your own devices eventually the family left the house to the devices of this malevolent force the children were left to their own devices • Hypernyms: ↑inclination,… …   Useful english dictionary


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