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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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Officers aware of the local licensing requirements may take appropriate action when they observe a vehicle carrying construction equipment and displaying a company name without a license number.
Microsoft also announced additional steps it will take to help promote the protocol licensing program.
Correspondence in the Educause listservs for CIOs and for licensing issues points to dissatisfaction with trends in license terms and conditions, particularly in Microsoft's Campus Agreement and successors, but with other vendors of widely used software as well.
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The NAIC's proposal would be easier than the NARAB system by providing agents with a one-stop licensing procedure, said Bissett, who sits on the network's board.
Via Licensing Corporation develops and administers patent licensing programs, frequently referred to as patent pools, on behalf of innovative technology companies and for the convenience of licensees.
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Via Licensing representatives will lead the discussions, and NFC patent owners will be present.
Through Intraware's SubscribeNet License Manager, members can reach a broader market for their DRM and/or licensing solutions.
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a leading provider of automated compliance solutions for the financial services industry, announced the availability of its broker and lender licensing verification service on a stand-alone basis.