leave sb to their own devices Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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leave sb to their own devices

C2 to ​allow someone to make ​their own ​decisions about what to do: He ​seemed to be a ​responsibleperson, so I ​left him to his own ​devices.
(Definition of leave sb to their own devices from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “leave sb to their own devices”
in Chinese (Simplified) 让(某人)自行决定…
in Chinese (Traditional) 讓(某人)自行決定…
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