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be left to (one's) own resources
To be left unsupervised or uncontrolled; to be allowed to do as one pleases. My job is really great: I know what I need to work on and am just left to my own resources. If left to their own resources, children will get into all sorts of mischief!
leave (one) to (one's) (own) resources
To leave one unsupervised or uncontrolled; to allow one to do as one pleases; to allow one to rely on oneself, without any help or interference. I'm going to leave you to your own resources and see what you come up with without my input. It's amazing how some kids can really thrive when you leave them to their resources, while others will be completely helpless.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
leave one to one's own devicesand leave one to one's own resources
Fig. to make one rely on oneself.—I am sure that she will manage if we leave her to her own devices. I will leave her to her own resources and everything will turn out fine.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
leave someone to his or her resources
Let one rely on oneself to do what he or she likes or to get out of trouble. For example, Left to his own resources, my four-year-old might well turn the hose on the dog, or Refusing to pay for Lydia's traffic ticket, Dad insisted on leaving her to her resources.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.