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*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

à la carte

if you eat à la carte, you choose each dish from a separate list instead of eating a fixed combination of dishes at a fixed price I don't know whether to have the set-menu or go à la carte.
See also: carte, la

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
References in classic literature ?
The figure of the man sat the figure of the horse, straight and soldierly, but with the repose of a Grecian god carted in the marble which limits the suggestion of activity.
In tidy England, I suppose, you would have all that carted away out of sight," said the lawyer.
From two days to a week saw the end of their money and saw them being carted by the boarding-house masters on board outward-bound ships.
They came at first in little parties of eight or ten, and then they came in fifties, in hundreds, and one day a thousand maimed and dying men were carted into New Gondar.
If you consider how much creasote is carted about London in one day, it is no great wonder that our trail should have been crossed.
The clayey and sandy soils had acquired extreme hardness under the action of the heat; but, by the aid of the machines, the rubbish on being dug out was rapidly carted away on railway wagons; and such was the ardor of the work, so persuasive the arguments of Barbicane's dollars, that by the 3rd of September all traces of the mould had entirely disappeared.