In the absence of labels, artists' statements, or other curatorial dues, visitors were left to their own devices
, most notably their eyes.
Then there is a skein of specialist ambassadors, like Dennis Ross on the Middle East, who are pretty much left to their own devices
For instance, the rather formal style of the vocabulary doesn't relate to the relaxed setting, which pictures boys and girls left to their own devices
in the ballet studio.
Left to their own devices
, too many officers choose counterproductive methods, such as alcohol abuse and withdrawal.
We feed them when they'll eat it, and by and large they're left to their own devices
,"says Russ Miller, manager of cable TV tycoon Ted Turner's 7,500 head of bison in Montana, New Mexico and Nebraska.
The report concluded that, "If left to their own devices
the companies, both the established telephone companies and their new competitors, are likely to try to make the industry's workers and residential customers pay the price for the new age of telecommunications.
However, until this time, manufacturers were left to their own devices
to meet validation requirements for disinfectant effectiveness.
Child poverty in my opinion is where they do not get sufficient to eat, where they are not taken to school, where they do not have suitable clothing and are left to their own devices
Because shrubs such as Philadelphus and Kerria do fine year after year, they are often left to their own devices
Businesses left to their own devices
can perfectly well work out which geographical areas suit them.
Ravi, Leila and Anita are left to their own devices
as they wave their parents goodbye, but it's not long before they realise how difficult it's going to be when Ravi nearly burns the house down.
I don't believe that, if left to their own devices
, all men would love football.
Most are contained in small spaces by looping the shoots around a wooden or wire framework secured into a pot, although if left to their own devices
they can grow to more than 2m (6ft) tall when trained up a conservatory wall.
While the poor and needy are left to their own devices
on the streets (gambling, drugs and prostitution), the affluent revel in the luxury of Fiddler's Green, a high-rise complex of chintzy fabrics, piped lift muzak, exclusive boutiques and coffee shops.
No Child Left Behind arose from the premise that America's public schools weren't doing well enough and states ought not to be left to their own devices
to improve them.