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be left to (one's) own devices

To be left unsupervised or uncontrolled; to be allowed to do as one pleases. My job is really great: I know what I need to work on and am just left to my own devices. If left to their own devices, children will get into all sorts of mischief!
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leave (one) to (one's) own devices

To let one rely on oneself, without any help or other interference. I'm going to leave you to your own devices and see what you come up with without my input. It's amazing how some kids can really thrive when you leave them to their own devices, while others will be completely helpless.
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leave one to one's own devices

 and leave one to one's own resources
Fig. to make one rely on oneself.—I am sure that she will manage if we leave her to her own devices. I will leave her to her own resources and everything will turn out fine.
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leave to someone's own devices

Allow someone to do as he or she wishes. For example, Left to his own devices, he would hire someone to do the yard work. This expression, uses device in the sense of "a plan or scheme." [Late 1800s]
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left to your own devices

COMMON If someone is left to their own devices, they are left to do what they want, or to look after themselves without any help. If left to my own devices, I would eat a chocolate dessert every night. After tea we were left to our own devices, so we decided to take a walk in the neighbouring village. The millions of Americans who do not have health insurance are often left to their own devices when they become ill. Note: An old meaning of `device' was desire or will.
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leave someone to their own devices

leave someone to do as they wish without supervision.
Device in the sense of ‘inclination’ or ‘fancy’ now only occurs in the plural, and is found only in this expression or in the phrase devices and desires , as quoted from the General Confession in the Book of Common Prayer.
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leave somebody to their own deˈvices

leave somebody to do something without your help, or to spend their time as they like: I’ve explained everything to him. Now I’m leaving him to his own devices, and we’ll see how he manages.The children were usually left to their own devices in the summer holidays.
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leave to (one's) own devices

1. To allow (someone) to do as he or she pleases: left the child to her own devices for an hour.
2. To force (someone) to cope or manage without assistance: Most people would die in the desert if left to their own devices.
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JVC has improved its technology for arranging the orientation and direction of liquid molecules, which significantly reduces the source of discrination or colored noise attributable to the device.
The storage virtualization of SAN was intended to fix the diversity of problems that occur when disparate devices are simultaneously accessed by multiple users.
In order to accomplish these connections, all expanders support an addressing mechanism for routing requests, a means for managing the connections between devices or other expanders and the ability to broadcast primitives across all of the expanded connections it supports.
Agents also use the devices to schedule meetings, see if their appointments are still on and to stay in touch with their offices.
On the other hand, the manufacturer was paid for three unapproved devices.
Such scrutiny guaranteed front-page coverage for Waxman and his Naderite allies and gave the FDA big incentives to approve as few new drugs and devices as possible.
Devices produced for people who are hearing impaired, such as TeleCaption decoders for reading television, are not accessible by deaf-blind people based on degree of visual impairment, nor are devices produced for people who are blind, such as speaking clocks, stoves, computers, and other devices accessible by people who are deaf-blind based on degree of hearing impairment.
The repository includes different classes of managed devices such as disk arrays, tape transports, NAS appliances, and switches.
Since passage of the Medical Device Amendments in 1976, manufacturers have been able to market new devices through a 510k provision by demonstrating that the device has the same intended use and the same technical characteristics as a device approved before May 28, 1976.
Even in this simplistic example is the scenario of a fairness window working properly, just as designed, but still causing no data to be transported for certain devices.
Third-party payers have rationalized this extra layer of analysis by pointing to the less stringent FDA approval process for devices compared to drugs.
After almost 18 months of design and development work, new devices with OTG are about to hit the market, and from some of the industry's biggest names.