carte blanche


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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

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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Dubai The long-awaited James Bond novel Carte Blanche that will be launched on Thursday, will end the suspense for expectant readers waiting to see what Dubai has in store for the MI6 agent.
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First, I would like to know where he gets this idea that 12 year olds can just waltz into said supermarkets and buy alcohol carte blanche ?
IN public Gordon Strachan may be giving Artur Boruc carte blanche to smoke, booze and winch his way across Europe on his days off.
Tracy Legault, Executive Producer of the series and founder of Carte Blanche Films, the Ontario-based company that produces the show, had the following reaction: "We are very proud that our partner, Oily Film Company, has achieved such success and recognition at SXSW.
While Deaver said: "In the world of espionage, giving an agent carte blanche on a mission comes with an enormous amount of trust and constantly tests both personal and professional judgment.
AS Blue Badges are a carte blanche (pardon the pun) I don't think many disabled drivers will be inconvenienced by the misuse of a couple of spaces on Cloth Hall Street (Examiner, September 27).
But I fear his very public prediction of impending violence may actually be taken as a carte blanche permission by some of those individuals to whom he was referring.
Regarding the book's title, writer Jeffery Deaver, pictured, said: "In the world of espionage, giving an agent carte blanche on a mission comes with an enormous amount of trust and constantly tests both personal and professional judgment.
While new Bond author Jeffery Double 'O' Deaver might not be able to reveal what happens in his new novel Carte Blanche unveiled in Dubai yesterday, he did say that the emirate features in some scenes.
The council must act urgently, however, if developers are not to be handed carte blanche when it comes to the siting of projects.
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