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give rein to (someone or something)

To allow unchecked or unconstrained freedom to something or someone; to completely or freely indulge something or someone. George would make a great businessman if he didn't give rein to his emotions like that. It's a sure sign that this company is failing if they're willing to give rein to the interns like this. You have a nasty habit of giving rein to your drinking.
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give rein to

see under free hand.
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References in classic literature ?
Inspired by the similarity of wearing apparel, Mrs Verloc gave rein to her fancy.
On the Right, it gave rein to the old Powellite politics of "Britishness", and a voice to those left behind by what they see as an aloof cosmopolitanism.
In the Iowa Republican Presidential Debate in August 2011, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spurted out his brazen sloganeering against the Islamic republic and when asked about the situation in Libya, he unconsciously gave rein to his anger and started ranting about Iran, saying the nation had "gone on the offensive" against the USA and needed to be confronted.
While Troughton posted his first ton since August 2009, Clarke, having often shone with the ball this season, gave rein to his batting talent.
What was important was to provide a test that gave rein to such nuances as '.
In his introduction to the Collins Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, Wilde's son Vyvyan Holland gave as his opinion that 'the most interesting and entertaining book of essays that Oscar Wilde wrote was Intentions, in which he really gave rein to his imagination'.