free rein


free rein
noun
the removal of constraints (Freq. 1)
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he gave free rein to his impulses

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they gave full play to the artist's talent

Syn: ↑play
Hypernyms: ↑freedom

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FREEDOM, a free hand, leeway, latitude, flexibility, liberty, independence, free play, licence, room to manoeuvre, carte blanche.
rein

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noun
: unrestricted liberty of action or decision

the dictator had free rein to do as he pleased

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unhampered freedom of movement, choice, or action: Students have free rein to choose their own class schedules.
[1950-55]

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free rein UK US noun [uncountable]
permission to deal with a particular situation or do a particular job in the way that you think is best
Thesaurus: general words for permissionsynonym freedom and independencesynonym

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free rein,
complete freedom to do as one chooses: »

Although you may indulge your emotions in imagining a part, you must not allow them free rein until you have selected exactly what you want to show the audience (Listener).

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I (a) free rein
see rein
II (a) free rein
freedom of action or expression

he was given free rein to work out his designs


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • free rein — ► the freedom to do what you want to do: have free rein »We were told we had free rein on questions of design. give sb/sth free rein (to do sth) »She was given free rein to make all the changes she wanted. Main Entry: ↑rein …   Financial and business terms

  • free rein — If someone has a free rein, they have the authority to make the decisions they want without any restrictions. ( Free reign is a common mistake.) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • free rein — meaning ‘unrestricted scope for action’, is spelt this way, not free reign (as if it were connected with reign in the sense ‘rule’). The following examples should be corrected accordingly: • ☒ If they are given free reign to invest and produce… …   Modern English usage

  • free rein — noun uncount permission to deal with a particular situation or do a particular job in the way you think is best …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • free rein — free′ rein′ n. cvb unhampered freedom of movement, choice, or action …   From formal English to slang

  • free rein — noun a) loose rein, as of a horse she should simply hold the reins so lightly that his mouth can just be felt, which is called giving a free rein. b) the absence of constraints; freedom to make decisions So ceased the seas uproar, when its grave… …   Wiktionary

  • free rein — {n.} Freedom to do what you want. * /The king had free rein in his country./ * /Father is strict with the children, but Mother gives them free rein./ Compare: FREE HAND …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • free rein — {n.} Freedom to do what you want. * /The king had free rein in his country./ * /Father is strict with the children, but Mother gives them free rein./ Compare: FREE HAND …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • free\ rein — noun Freedom to do what you want. The king had free rein in his country. Father is strict with the children, but Mother gives them free rein. Compare: free hand …   Словарь американских идиом

  • free rein — the sponsors gave the writers free rein Syn: freedom, a free hand, leeway, latitude, flexibility, liberty, independence, free play, license, room to maneuver, carte blanche, a blank check See note at reign …   Thesaurus of popular words