give (one) carte blanche

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give (one) carte blanche

To give one 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 micromanager!
See also: blanche, carte, give
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The hospital is telling me I have to sign forms which give them carte blanche to do anything to me and, as I've refused to sign, that's where the problem is.
As soon as Polanski was caught, commentators, especially the French, began complaining about American philistines harassing artists, whose genius should give them carte blanche.
I appreciate that cyclists are good for the environment, unlike us dirty, polluting motorists, but does that give them carte blanche to ignore the rules of the road?
Give them carte blanche to turn a racecourse into a paddy field and we'll get precisely the sort of fiasco we had last Saturday.
And few producers are prepared to give them carte blanche, as the Public and Lincoln Center did.
What all politicians have to remember is that winning an election doesn't give them carte blanche to do whatever they want when they are in power.
Just once, it would be nice to see a network back off for one pilot season, forget about micromanaging, and just sign up their favorite artists/writers and give them carte blanche.
If you give them carte blanche, you're going to end up with a result that you don't like.
Some people's genes appear to give them carte blanche when it comes to eating high-cholesterol foods (SN: 11/20/93, p.