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à la carte

Available to be purchased individually instead of bundled with other items. Most often describes items on a menu that are not part of a main dish. I wasn't very hungry, so I opted to buy a few side items à la carte instead of a full meal.
See also: carte, la

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

give (one) carte blanche

To give one 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 micromanager!
See also: blanche, carte, give

*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

ˌcarte ˈblanche (to do something)

(from French) complete freedom or authority to do anything you like: The detective was given carte blanche to read any files he liked in his search for the murderer.The French expression means ‘blank paper’ on which somebody could write their own conditions for an agreement.
See also: blanche, carte
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El Tiempo said the RST has documentation proving the existence of "adulterated or fake receipts of exported Ibiza and San Marino brand cigarettes produced by TABESA, whose owner is Horacio Cartes.
Cartes replaces Federico Franco, a Liberal party leader who has led the country since Lugo's ouster.
Quelque 43 pc des operations par cartes etrangeres, en volume, concernent des transactions de paiements aupres des commercants marocains avec un montant de 1,6 MMDH (+12,2 pc), alors que 57 pc sont des transactions de retraits d'argent au niveau des GAB avec un montant de 2,1 MMDH (+5,5 pc).
Aussi, un service de suivi est disponible par carte : un releve mensuel envoye par mail ainsi qu'un etat de depenses detaille sur BIATNET Business.
On behalf of Cartes, he offered to pay them the equivalent of US$25 for each PLRA member they persuaded to vote for the PC.
The increased risk of data breaches, identity theft and malware have made consumers more aware about the importance of protecting themselves and their organizations online, which is why we are devoting much of CARTES America to helping smart card, payments and mobile service providers learn the techniques and technologies to secure their operations," said Isabelle Alfano, event director of CARTES America.
Cette carte, rappelle-t-on, propose plusieurs avantages et tarifs preferentiels dans les domaines de sante, de telecommunication, de transport, de culture, de loisirs et de tourisme, compte tenu des besoins des jeunes de connaitre leur patrimoine.
For a second year, CARTES America will offer the latest insights from the leading smart technologies authorities and is the place the industry gathers in North America to exchange new ideas, see the latest solutions and make business connections," said Isabelle Alfano, event director of CARTES America.
Dans une interview accordee a Africanmanager, Yasser Mesbah, charge de communication au ministere de l'Interieur a assure que [beaucoup moins que] les Tunisiens seront tres prochainement dotes d'une carte d'identite nationale biometrique [beaucoup plus grand que].
With over 19,000 visitors to its 2012 edition, CARTES has reaffirmed the smart technology and digital security market's dynamism as well as once again confirming its position as the sector's leading international event
Dans une declaration accordee a la Television Nationale Tunisienne, dimanche 9 aout 2015, le directeur de la police technique et scientifique relevant du ministere de l'Interieur a annonce que les cartes d'identite nationales biometriques seront bientot delivrees.
La Caisse nationale d'epargne et de prevoyance (Cnep-Banque) a entame l'operation de remplacement des anciens livrets d'epargne par des cartes magnetiques, une solution monetique securisee, repondant aux normes universelles pratiquees en matiere de moyens de paiement electroniques, a-t-on appris aupres de cette banque publique.
HONG KONG -- Since 2010, CARTES Asia has brought together market leaders from card manufacturing, payment, security, identification and mobility to present their latest and innovative solutions.
En termes d'emissions des cartes, la Banque a emis 27 726 nouvelles cartes contre 18 462 une annee auparavant, soit une progression de 50%.