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a licence to print money

An activity, business model, or company that yields very high profits but requires little or no effort to do so. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. All these hefty parking fees and fines are just a licence to print money for the city. These trashy gossip magazines are of such low quality, yet they always fly off the shelves. They're all licences to print money.
See also: licence, money, print

be a licence to print money

Of an activity, business model, or company, to yield very high profits but require little or no effort to do so. All these hefty parking fees and fines are just a licence to print money for the city. These trashy gossip magazines are of such low quality, yet they always fly off the shelves. The whole racket is a licence to print money.
See also: licence, money, print

poetic license

1. Intentional violations of or deviations from traditional forms, standards, or syntax by a writer in order to achieve a particular effect. Don't get hung up on adhering too strictly to iambic pentameter—you can use a bit of poetic license if it means preserving the meaning and rhythm you want. Any two-bit poet can string together a jumble of words and call it poetic license.
2. Minor changes to or misrepresentations of facts or history in the name of art or for the sake of an agenda. People complain about minor inaccuracies in historical dramas, but honestly they wouldn't be able to make the movies marketable without using a little poetic license.
See also: license, poetic

artistic license

1. Intentional violations of or deviations from traditional forms, standards, or syntax by a writer in order to achieve a particular effect. Don't get hung up on adhering too strictly to iambic pentameter—you can use a bit of artistic license if it means preserving the meaning and rhythm you want. Any two-bit poet can string together a jumble of words and call it artistic license.
2. Minor changes to or misrepresentations of facts or history in the name of art or for the sake of an agenda. People complain about minor inaccuracies in historical dramas, but honestly they wouldn't be able to make the movies marketable without using a little artistic license.
See also: artistic, license

poetic license

liberties or license of the type taken by artists, especially poets, to violate patterns of rhyme, harmony, structure, etc. I couldn't tell whether he kept making spelling mistakes or if it was just poetic license.
See also: license, poetic

poetic license

Also, artistic license. The liberty taken by a writer or artist in deviating from conventional form or fact to achieve an effect. For example, I've never seen grass or a tree of that color; but that's artistic license. [Late 1700s]
See also: license, poetic

a licence to print money

mainly BRITISH
If you describe an activity as a licence to print money, you mean that it allows people to get a lot of money with little effort. Note: The noun `licence' is spelled `license' in American English. This world-famous drama festival is a licence to print money for those renting their homes to groups of performers. Is owning a sporting goods store a license to print money? Note: This expression usually shows disapproval.
See also: licence, money, print

licence to print money

a very lucrative commercial activity, typically one perceived as requiring little effort.
See also: licence, money, print

artistic/poetic ˈlicence

(often ironic) the freedom of artists or writers to change facts in order to make a story, painting, etc. more interesting or beautiful: In the book, a fair amount of artistic licence has been taken with the timing of historical events so that they fit with the story.I allowed myself a little poetic licence in describing the table as an antique.
Licence in this idiom means ‘freedom to do or say whatever you want’.
See also: artistic, licence, poetic

a licence to print ˈmoney

(disapproving) used to describe a business which makes a lot of money with little effort: Many people think that the national lottery is nothing more than a licence to print money.
See also: licence, money, print
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ICASA is the main regulatory and licensing authority for South Africa, except with respect to certain specific licences that can only be granted by the Minister of Communications.
The MMS Licence areas are contiguous to semi-contiguous and are centred approximately 23 kilometres southwest of the regional centre of Ostersund in the Swedish County of Jamtland.
The MMS Licence areas' target stratigraphy consists of Cambrian-aged black shales interlayered with subordinate quartzites, limestones and 'stinkstones' (bituminous limestone) and are overlain in parts of the project area by Ordovician limestones.
It was therefore an important objective that the Licence Server should not to prevent multiple instances of the Crossware development environment from being run on a single computer.
For more information about the floating licence technology or any product from Crossware, please contact Alan Harry, Crossware, Old Post House, Silver Street, Litlington, Royston, Herts, SG8 0QE, UK, tel: + 44 (0) 1763 853500 or fax + 44 (0) 1763 853330, alan@crossware.
Igor Kornitsky, general director of OTT said, "Developing this driver licence system and establishing our network of licence issuing locations throughout Russia was a huge undertaking.
It has been an honor to support Russia and our partner OTT over the past decade in successfully implementing its first international-style driver licence and issuance system," said Nigel Ward, sales director, Europe, Digimarc ID Systems.
It is a companion product to FLEXlm, the electronic licence manager which has been licensed to over 2,500 software vendors worldwide, and provides an enterprise-class solution to support a wide range of licensing functions.
The Konkola West licence was acquired by Caledonia because of the near surface copper and cobalt resources discovered and quantified as resources during the 1996/7 drilling program on its Nama and Ngosa licence areas.