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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.
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!
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.
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.
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)