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carte blanche

The freedom to do whatever one wants or deems necessary, especially with a particular task or assignment. This French phrase means "blank card" in English. I can't believe the boss gave me carte blanche to organize the conference—he's usually such a micro-manager!
See also: blanche, carte

*carte blanche

Fig. freedom or permission to act as one wishes or thinks necessary. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) He's been given carte blanche with the reorganization of the workforce. The manager has been given no instructions about how to train the staff. He has carte blanche from the owner.
See also: blanche, carte

give somebody carte blanche

  (slightly formal)
to let someone do whatever they want in a particular situation (usually + to do sth) She gave her interior decorator carte blanche to do up her apartment. (slightly formal)
See also: blanche, carte, give
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An hour or two sufficed to sketch my own portrait in crayons; and in less than a fortnight I had completed an ivory miniature of an imaginary Blanche Ingram.
Vanborough beckoned to Blanche to come to her, and pointed toward the French window opening to the floor.
The USW and Local 14425 are engaged in contentious negotiations with North American Salt at the Cote Blanche mine, and the company's conduct has resulted in findings by two administrative law judges from the National Labor Relations Board of numerous violations of federal labor law by North American Salt.
He's been there for six years, and has been involved in creating some of Coronation Street's most famous storylines, including Tony and Carla's wedding, Tracy Barlow's murder of Charlie and the forthcoming funeral of Weatherfield's Blanche Hunt.
CORONATION Street battleaxe Blanche Hunt will have the last laugh on her family and friends - from beyond the grave.
THE stars of Coronation Street said a tearful farewell yesterday to Weatherfield stalwart Maggie Jones, who played battleaxe Blanche in 830 episodes.
Lawrence Westgaph, 34, punched Ben Blanche three times after finding him in the wake of a "sex act" with Natalie Inge, the mother of his child.
Birthday girl Ethel Randle was 100 and she invited her best pal, Blanche Merry, along to tuck into cake and a glass of sherry.
But re-discovering the book has set Kay, 64, wondering who Paul Blanche was.
The discovery of the illicit romance overturns the conventional scholarship on the two poets: Roland was supposedly devoted to his frigid wife and Christabel was renowned for her loving domestic nest with a painter named Blanche Glover (the wonderful Lena Headey, whose firecracker sensuality is wasted here).
He certainly made an impression on eventual Eastern Division champion Tyler Blanche of Burroughs of Ridgecrest in the quarterfinals Friday.
One of the season's greatest treats will be the opportunity to see Johnson re-create her role of Blanche DuBois in Streetcar, a ballet originally made for the company of Mia Slavenska and Frederic Franklin in 1952.
In updating its planned 2006 activity today, Swift Energy reported preliminary results from the drilling of its first well in the Cote Blanche Island field ("CBI") in St.
Blanche CaplanWORCESTER - Blanche (Nevens) Caplan, of Worcester, MA, passed away on October 19, 2014.
Blanche Debenham, 52, made the job switch after being made redundant from her job as an in-house lawyer for national energy efficiency company Eaga, following its takeover by Carillion plc.