let nature take its course

let nature take its course

To let events develop and conclude naturally, i.e., as they would without outside intervention, help, or interference. The phrase can refer to nature literally, or figuratively to manmade situations or events. If we were to let nature take its course and stop maintaining this lot, it would look like the rest of the forest in months. I know he's underperforming, but he doesn't report to you, so I would just let nature take its course and let his department head discover his incompetence for herself.
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let ˌnature take its ˈcourse

not try to change or influence a situation: As a parent, sometimes you need to sit back and let nature take its course; if you try to stop your child from making any mistakes it can be more damaging in the end.
See also: course, let, nature, take
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Marine Fisheries Service has directed the lifeguard service and others to leave the freed whale alone and let nature take its course.