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free rein

Complete freedom to do what one wants or chooses. Can you believe the boss gave me free rein on this project? Finally, I can present a campaign with my own vision!
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(a) free rein

complete freedom of action or expression.
The image here is of loosening grip on the reins of a horse, allowing it to choose its own course and pace, in contrast to the greater control implied by the next idiom.
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But I've told him he has free reins to drop the gloves this weekend.
WHILE the authorities of racing should be applauded for attempting to root out corruption, I would be interested to know which PR svengali advised the clerks of courses to give free rein to packs of television news crews to start filming at, or indeed on, the courses.
As their purpose was to surprise and delight, unadulterated eccentricity in both form and materials could be given free rein.
Nobby is a player who knows what he has to do, what his responsibilities are when we don't have the ball, but he's also a player who you want to give a free rein to because he's so creative.
An interesting innovation with Green TV will be the absence of editorial controls in exchange for a free rein given to viewers through the channel's online blog, to bring public opinion to bear on the channel's content.
I have a good relationship with my chairman,I get a free rein,'' Allardyce said.
POLITICIANS have given traffic planners a free rein and now they have created congestion all over the country.
The murderous response to the Shi'ite uprisings was fine-tuned: the White House allowed Hussein free rein in southern Iraq, drawing the line at his use of chemical weapons and fixed-wing aircraft.
The Reggio Emilia pre-schools have won international acclaim for their work of giving youngsters free rein in creative exploration and expression.
Under Yeltsin, steps toward a market economy based on private property and competition were minimal and haphazard, while oligarchs who had managed to personally privatize a chunk of the Soviet state's assets had free rein to give capitalism a bad name.
Scalia reasoned that the "undue burden" exception is responsible for giving "live-birth abortion free rein.
It must be a charmed life being one of the Queen's beloved corgis - appaz HRH lets them have free rein of Buckingham Palace.
A You will have to look at the rules of your residents' association, but it's likely that the elected committee will be given free rein to decide how your money is spent.
Anderson has few preconceived notions and gives his choreographers nearly free rein, asking only that they use the classical vocabulary on which his dancers have been raised.
In the wake of the princess's death by paparazzi, curator of photography Peter Galassi gave Marvin Heiferman and Carol Kismaric - founders of the old-guard, avant-garde New York cultural programming and publishing firm Lookout - free rein to assemble a survey of celebrity photography from the second half of the nineteenth century through the end of the twentieth - from Nadar to nadir.