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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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Their ability to effectively extend cabling distances, increase the number of devices attached to each parallel SCSI bus and to isolate failed segments of clustered systems (which were often used to provide failover routing in redundant storage configurations), made expanders an essential component in a large number of installations (see Figure 1).
Serial Attached SCSI deploys SAS expanders as the method used for extending the device addressing to the complete range (16K) of devices specified in the SAS standard.
Wireless devices pose security risks that are different from those of desktop computers and wired telephones.
Bonar said, for example, that wireless devices' relative lack of power may cause insurers to refrain from burdening the devices with speed-draining security software.
On the other hand, the manufacturer was paid for three unapproved devices.
Either they could receive Medicare reimbursement, or the patient would not have access to these 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.
The White House proposal would remove a few regulatory barriers and develop a "pilot" program to consider letting private parties review some low-risk medical devices.
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.
To accomplish these goals, deaf-blind people require devices that expand their horizons.
Multimedia functionality is no longer reserved for only high-end, expensive cellular phones," said Christian Kermarrec, vice president, RF and Wireless Systems, Analog Devices, Inc.
JVC plans to release full HD projection televisions in Japan and North America that will make use of the new device and the company's neXt generation high-resolution imaging technologies.