leave to someone's own devices
Allow someone to do as he or she wishes. For example, Left to his own devices, he would hire someone to do the yard work. This expression, uses device in the sense of “a plan or scheme.” [Late 1800s]
What Does It Mean To Ask Someone To Be Your “Valentine”?When did someone first choose a valentine? Here’s what we know about what it means when you make someone your Valentine. Choosing a sweetheart on this day dates to 14th-century English and French court circles. The act is credited to Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales in which he says: “For this was on seynt Volantynys day Whan euery bryd cometh there to chese …
What Does Calling Someone “Mom” On The Internet Mean?While Kim Kardashian was busy “breaking the Internet” with her controversial photoshoot for Paper in November of 2014, New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde was teaching the world—or at least her Twitter and Tumblr followers—about a new slang use of the word mom.
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