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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At length, breaking away from his companions, he rushed into a thicket of willows, where they left him to his fate!
Seizing Perry by the shoulder I dragged him to his feet, and rushing to a smaller tree--one that he could easily encircle with his arms and legs--I boosted him as far up as I could, and then left him to his fate, for a glance over my shoulder revealed the awful beast almost upon me.
"I forbid your speaking to me of that woman," I cried wryly, "unless you can speak pleasantly," and I left him to his fate and went off to look for B .
"Oh Holmes, I shall never forgive myself for having left him to his fate."
Locking her up for seven years and three months, Lord Mulholland told her: "You did not summon help and left him to his fate. His fate was death.
The judge said Cook had attacked James adding: "You did not summon help and left him to his fate. His fate was his death.
I'd appreciate it if you can do what you can to get us out of here, an emaciated Hall said, adding that the Canadian government had apparently left him to his fate.
The husband has heard nothing and is convinced that his wife has found another man and left him to his fate at the hands of the debt collectors.
Mr Lewis said: "He broke Jack Widdowson's neck, causing serious and life threatening injuries, helped himself to his victim's property and left him to his fate."