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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

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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a specialty animal products retailer, also licensed Win/DSS and Portfolio Mobile Access(TM).
96 billion Distribucion y Servicio D&S, Chile's biggest supermarket chain, licensed SPI to obtain a finer degree of replenishment accuracy.
The Brands and Trademarks category of licensed products generated $35.
Retail sales of licensed merchandise worldwide hit $108.
Most sales of licensed product in China have been in the three largest cities--Beijing, Shanghai and Guangxiou--where distribution is most reliable, people are exposed to foreign cultures through media, and average disposable income supports a thriving consumer marketplace," says Martin Brochstein, Executive Editor of The Licensing Letter and author of this fourth edition of "International Licensing: A Status Report.
an Italy-based steel and iron construction materials supplier, licensed Advanced Warehouse Replenishment by E3(R).
licensed Win/DSS and Portfolio Customer Relationship Management(TM) for customer loyalty.
The collegiate licensed program features infants, toddlers, juvenile and youth size ranges, further enhancing our men's and women's lines and expanding the College Wear program.
is a creative and innovative sales and marketing organization that designs, develops, markets, and distributes licensed and branded promotional products and imprinted sportswear primarily through major college and university, motor sports and other major promotional key licensing agreements and the Company's own proprietary designs.
16e specification, titled "Air Interface for Fixed and Mobile Broadband Wireless Access Systems--Amendment for Physical and Medium Access Control Layers for Combined Fixed and Mobile Operation in Licensed Bands," is identified by the IEEE as document number IEEE Std 802.
Two main laterite occurrences have been identified thus far within the licensed area and Rio Colorado application.
The licensing administrator will be granted non-exclusive sublicensing rights from the essential patent owners under licensed patents in order to sublicense those patents under terms of the joint patent license and will actively promote the licensing program and collect royalties for the benefit of the patent owners.
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