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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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To celebrate the launch of the Espresso Collection, Carte Noire is giving Sunday Mercury readers the chance to win a minibreak to Paris for two, including spending money and a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Under the GNU General Public License, we released Library a la Carte, first as a download and then as a hosted project on RubyForge.
Customers can collect their vouchers at the La Carte Customer Service desk that has been specially set-up in the Geant Hypermarket in Bahrain Mall and can use these vouchers to buy anything from groceries to electronics at Geant Hypermarket, Le Marche and Last Chance Supermarkets.
In a recent Senate forum on the issue of indecency and television media, Martin cited a new FCC report that "concludes that purchasing cable programming in a more a la carte manner, in fact, could be economically feasible and in consumers' best interests.
Although a la carte would be a potentially frightening leap in the dark for many reasons, some cable ops say it would give them more control over the license fees that they funnel to the networks.
Dean has ridden Batswing for Carte Diamond's owners in the past and I think he will have a good ride tomorrow.
Or why not get a taste of summer with new Tropical Fruit from Carte D'Or Fruit & Fresh.
This sensual experience will include Eurostar travel to Paris, bed and breakfast accommodation at a top Paris hotel, a dinner cruise on the Seine and, of course, Carte Noire coffee.
La BIAT enrichit son offre de produits monetiques a l'adresse des clients voyageurs avec l'ajout de nouveaux services et avantages dans sa carte allocation touristique Mastercard BIATRAVEL.
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is further expanding its SWISS Choice product: the airline now offers its Economy Class travellers a range of la carte meals on its long-haul flights from Switzerland.
Des chercheurs en archeologie ont plaide, mardi dernier, a Chlef, pour l'actualisation de la carte archeologique de l'Algerie, en raison de l'obsolescence de la carte actuelle et les nouvelles decouvertes dans ce domaine.
American Airlines has announced a one-week test of a new a la carte snack option.
VALENCIA - Chocolates a la Carte is a Valencia company that knows all about fashioning creative shapes out of the decadent brown stuff.
The UK trade publication Marketing is reporting that Unilever Ice Cream & Frozen Food is reviewing the direct marketing accounts of its Walls Carte D'Or ice cream brand, as it considers shifting spend from traditional advertising to customer relationship marketing.