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be left to (one's) own resources

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 resources. If left to their own resources, children will get into all sorts of mischief!
See also: left, own, resource

leave (one) to (one's) (own) resources

To leave one unsupervised or uncontrolled; to allow one to do as one pleases; to allow one to rely on oneself, without any help or interference. I'm going to leave you to your own resources 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 resources, while others will be completely helpless.
See also: leave, resource

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.
See also: device, leave, one, own

leave someone to his or her resources

Let one rely on oneself to do what he or she likes or to get out of trouble. For example, Left to his own resources, my four-year-old might well turn the hose on the dog, or Refusing to pay for Lydia's traffic ticket, Dad insisted on leaving her to her resources.
See also: leave, resource, someone
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Libraries in India have developed many schemes to make optimum use of library resources and to provide access to increased amounts of materials through resource sharing.
Higher-education resources are abundant within the realm of technology, but law enforcement agencies fundamentally underuse them.
Article XI of the constitution states, "For the benefit of present and future generations, the State and its political subdivisions shall conserve and protect Hawaii's natural beauty and all natural resources, including land, water, air, minerals and energy sources, and shall promote the development and utilization of these resources in a manner consistent with their conservation and in furtherance of the self-sufficiency of the State.
That's because with fewer panthers, there are more resources to go around.
In other words, as storage volumes increase and new resources are implemented, additional appliances will have to be implemented as well, adding to management complexity and overhead.
1] In addition, Amstutz & Whitson found that most faculty are using the traditional services with which they are most familiar, and faculty pass on their biases when presenting resources to students.
A particularly exciting feature of the E-Health Resource Center - and one that other resource centers are likely to implement - is its sponsorship of guest lecturers.
With the focus on resource allocation, one of the main concerns in designing a social mechanism to allocate society's resources is efficiency--getting the greatest output from productive inputs (a problem for suppliers).
Given that the fresh water resources are not distributed uniformly across the globe, the increasing demand for the essential water resources requires that the water be u sed as efficiently as possible.
Extensive use of community resources has always been closely related philosophically to the basic rehabilitation model that emphasizes a diagnostic approach centered upon a person's skills and supports.
The failure to attain these objectives became readily apparent early in the five-year life of each program, implying a failure of RPA planning and making the exercise largely irrelevant to policymakers and field resource managers alike.
Based in the iVia system, it expands beyond iVia considerably by creating an array of independent, though federated, collection-building systems for collaborating projects with the goal of generating the basic "ore" (links to important Internet resources and associated metadata records and rich full text) for these projects.
Grids apply the concept of resource virtualization by aggregating numerous compute resources (from mainframes to desktops) and abstracting them into a single, unified resource that provides, in effect, a single virtual computer that can be accessed as needed or on demand.
A growing body of literature suggests that rights to use resources such as land and water can sometimes be central to understanding the dynamics of national and regional security.
The motivation to exchange resources is the satisfaction of specific needs.
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