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be a license to print money

Of an activity, business model, or company, to yield very high profits but require little or no effort to do so. Primarily heard in US. All these hefty parking fees and fines are just a license 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 license to print money.
See also: license, 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. Any two-bit poet can string together a jumble of words and call it poetic license. 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.
2. Changes to or misrepresentations of facts or history in the name of art or for the sake of an agenda. The film uses a bit too much poetic license, portraying the warriors as "saviors" of the region, while ignoring the fact that they slaughtered thousands of innocent people.
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. Any two-bit poet can string together a jumble of words and call it artistic license. 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.
2. Changes to or misrepresentations of facts or history in the name of art or for the sake of an agenda. The film uses a bit too much artistic license, portraying the warriors as "saviors" of the region, while ignoring the fact that they slaughtered thousands of innocent people.
See also: artistic, license

license to do something

permission, right, or justification to do something. You have no license to behave in that manner! Who granted you license to enter my house without knocking?
See also: 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

*(a) right to something

 and *(the) right to something
a privilege or license to have something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I have the right to have the kind of house I want. You have a right to any house you can afford.
See also: right

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
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Beginning in November, businesses operating without a current license will receive a warning letter, giving them 30 days to bring their business license up to date.
2) In many states, contracting without a license may be an administrative or criminal violation.
The licensing officer will review the comeback from the Department of Defense, which will be sent to him or her electronically, and now they are in the position to decide whether or not this license application should be issued to the applicant.
Microsoft also announced that it is generally willing to provide even broader usage rights for the company's protocol technology than is required by the final judgment in the antitrust case or is reflected in standard MCPP license agreements.
A unique feature of the site is a model license that lays out basic terms of contract that can be used by libraries in proposing amendments to vendors' standard contracts or drafting whole contracts themselves.
Offer to handle any administrative burden of serving the site license.
I was on my way to court,'' said the man, who was due to get his license back in about four months.
A Two-Day Sport Fishing License also will be available again.
The annual fee for a sportfishing license has risen, too.
But at a recent conference, Hodges told commission president Mike Crisman he never has issued a citation for not having a valid sportfishing license displayed above the waist, as required by a 1994 law.
And one-fifth of all crashes nationwide involved at least one driver without a proper license, according to the study by the American Automobile Association's Foundation for Traffic Safety.
The person seeking the license would then approach the department worker inside to obtain the license.
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