give free rein to

give free rein to someone

 and give someone free rein
Fig. to allow someone to be completely in charge (of something). (Alludes to loosening the reins of a horse and therefore control.) The boss gave the manager free rein with the new project. The principal gave free rein to Mrs. Brown in her classes.
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give free rein to

see under free hand.
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The Politician's Husband BBC Two, 9pm David Tennant is allowed to give free rein to his talent for smouldering intensity in the eventful final episode of Paula Milne's engrossing political drama.
It is to be hoped that this will not be taken as an opportunity to give free rein to developers and speculators, to build upon even more greenfield sites.
AU believes the measure is designed to give free rein to groups like the Christian Coalition, which seek to draft churches as cogs in their right-wing political machine.
This quandary is cleverly solved in the bizarre notion of "loving the sinner but not the sin," which seems to give free rein to many bigots.
This week we give free rein to Neil Davey, 26, a writer and journalist from Bristol.
It's not that they lack good hearts but, rather than give free rein to their imaginations and take some well-considered, innovative course of action that might improve the quality of their residents' lives, their first instinct is to ask, "Will I be cited?
The capabilities of our powerful 64-bit hardware give free rein to their developers, and we look forward to Interplay's upcoming titles.
It's the start of a new era for the region following their move from the Arms Park and Young (below) feels it could also allow them to give free rein to their attacking instincts.
McClaren has spoken to Gerrard about the situation and, rather than inhibit the Anfield hero, the England boss feels Hargreaves' presence actually provides the 26-year-old with the perfect opportunity to give free rein to his talents.
Mr Blunkett is said to oppose the Tory plan, which he thinks could give free rein to householders and encourage burglars to carry weapons.
McClaren has spoken to Gerrard about the situation and, rather than inhibit the Anfield hero, the England manager feels Hargreaves's presence actually provides the 26-year-old with the perfect opportunity to give free rein to his talents.
THE air corridors of Ireland give free rein to the military build-up of American aircraft on the way to a possible war with Iraq.
Washington Benavides, longtime professor of literature and a frequent winner of national poetry awards in Uruguay, has distinguished himself as a protean poet, one who forgoes any adherence to a consistent, personal style in order to give free rein to a restless imagination by displaying the most diverse range of themes, language, metaphors, and images.
Widely ignored housing laws that give free rein to slumlords.
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.