leave (one) to (one's) fate

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leave (one) to (one's) fate

To refuse to aid or assist one, instead allowing for whatever outcome was bound to occur naturally. I don't consider myself a hero. I just knew I couldn't leave those people to their fates in that burning building. I appealed to my father-in-law to loan me the money I needed to keep the business afloat, but he just left me to my fate.
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The Irish immigrants looking for a better life in America were drowned in most cases through a lock-up procedure instigated by the captain Edward Smith (a wonderful portrait of a man at the end of his tether by Philip Rham) but there is the story of a young man, the son of a greengrocer, who has married above his class, who also sings out one of the most poignant goodbyes I have yet heard in the theatre as the woman he loves steps into a lifeboat leaving him to his fate with hundreds of others in a freezing sea.
"You drove off leaving him to his fate in a vehicle which had sustained very significant damage to its front, in particular the windscreen," the judge said.