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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A recent BBC investigation claimed Nick's company not only left them to their fate, but also put them at risk of arrest in the first place.
But now a BBC investigation claims their company, US firm AdvanFort, not only left them to their fate - which is still not resolved - but also put them at risk of arrest in the first place.
Many complain that the government has left them to their fate. Residents stranded for days by the floodwaters said that the army has selectively evacuated tourists and people according to a pre-set priority list, leaving locals to be rescued later by volunteers.
The babies, covered by a sleeping bag, were in a box decorated with cartoons - their mum's parting gift as she left them to their fate.
After the Gulf War, Bush Snr encouraged the Iraqis to revolt then left them to their fate. Let's put Saddam on trial for his crimes by all means, but shouldn't a few distinguished Americans be standing in the dock alongside him?