be left to (one's) own devices

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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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WHERE grey hair in a man seems to signify power, experience and respect, in a woman it says she has finished her useful life as breeding material and is best left to her own devices - and ignored.
Left to her own devices back in the city, Jane gets into exponentially embarrassing trouble, most of which cannot be described in a family newspaper.
This story describes the passion of a tormented executive wife who hails from New Jersey and is left to her own devices on the yet-to-be-developed Caribbean island," says Carabello, a native of the Garden State and an active public relations professional.
Left to her own devices, Enya says, she'll never accept any take of a song as being right.