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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What you seem to forget here is that the human being is the dumbest creature on the planet as we have to learn everything we do, if we were left to our own devices we'd soon be extinct.
can via email We have no foot patrols all day (PCSOs do not count), and during the night we are left to our own devices with no police presence at all.
We've been left to our own devices but we are now happy family.
Could he mean that, left to our own devices, we will merely grope for solutions?
In my first year at Munich we were left to our own devices from the middle of December to early January and I thought it was brilliant.
where we would be left to our own devices to catchaconnecting train to London.
Left to our own devices, we engineers will just build a thousand story building, even though they only want 10 stories.
Left to our own devices, it is perhaps most disturbing to imagine the tragic details ourselves.
It is a promise that we will not be left to our own devices, that the God who would forgive Poncelet, the God who would give Delacroix the grace to ask for compassion, would not ignore our prayers for that same mercy.