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*free hand (with someone or something)

Fig. freedom to exercise complete control over something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I didn't get a free hand with the last project. John was in charge then, but he didn't get a free hand either.
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free hand

Also, free rein. Freedom to do or decide as one sees fit. For example, The teacher gave her assistant a free hand with the class, or They gave me free rein to reorganize the department. The first expression dates from the late 1800s, the second from the mid-1900s.
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Cohen begins by reminding us that the demand that generals be given a free hand goes back to the Roman republic when Consul Lucius Aemilius Paullus, in 168 B.
Rachel, who holds my other hand, looks up at the tall trees, the lawns, the houses and the cars, and with a broad sweep of her free hand pronounces the world to be 'wonderful, beautiful, amazing'.
But most of the land was swamp when we started, full of decaying matter, which emits tons of methane gas," Marie said, as she massaged her temples with her one free hand in an obvious effort to stave off a tension headache.
But opposition groups and human rights activists saw continuation of the law, which gives government a free hand to restrict civil liberties and detain without charge, as a direct betrayal of President Hosni Mubarak's election promises last year.
High oil income gives the government a free hand to keep pursuing an expansionary fiscal policy, which results in high levels of private consumption and investment expenditures, announced the report.
Your glove and free hand should almost touch the ground.
Step 2: Flex forward at the hip and use your free hand to rest on the thigh.
Because Republicans are operating on such a tight political margin, the Bush administration has basically conceded control of domestic issues in order to give itself a free hand in foreign affairs.
He must be given a free hand to develop a vision where we have a proper structure for developing players.
After using your landmarks to establish the appropriate injection site, with your free hand, form a C and then turn your hand downward like an N.
What the BJP is keenly watching is the space that can be created for putting up a fight against the Congress getting a free hand to appoint a " 10 Janpath flunkey".
Then I saw the two words that seem to give the council and social a free hand to do what they like - the need for different foods for ethnic minorities.
Manila The head of a recently-established development coordination body has offered to resign to give newly-elected President Benigno Aquino a free hand to choose his replacement.
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Summary: Bollywood superstar Anil Kapoor says he gave daughters Sonam and Rhea a free hand in their new film Aisha.