take the liberty of (doing something)

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take the liberty of (doing something)

To do something without first seeking out or asking someone's permission. I thought I'd take the liberty of printing out some financial reports ahead of today's meeting so we would all be on the same page. I hope you don't mind, but I took the liberty of telling your husband you'd be late for dinner.
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take the liberty of doing something

to do something for someone voluntarily; to do something slightly personal for someone that would be more appropriate if one knew the person better. (Often used as an overly polite exaggeration in a request.) Do you mind if I take the liberty of flicking a bit of lint off your collar? May I take the liberty of removing your coat? I took the liberty of ordering an entree for you. I hope you don't mind.
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take the liberty of

Act on one's own authority without permission from another, as in I took the liberty of forwarding the mail to his summer address. It is also put as take the liberty to, as in He took the liberty to address the Governor by her first name. This rather formal locution was first recorded in 1625 and does not imply the opprobrium of the similar-sounding take liberties.
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take the liberty of doing something

(formal) do something without permission: I have taken the liberty of giving your address to a friend who is visiting London. I hope you don’t mind.
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It may be important for you to know this; and I have taken the liberty of mentioning it accordingly.
Well, sir, I think I should have known you, if I had taken the liberty of looking more closely at you.
He gave her a letter, it was from Frank, and to herself; he had met with it in his way, and had taken the liberty of opening it.
Mr Malik, while addressing the Islamabad-based Senior Members of the Supreme Central Committee of 101 FoC here, informed the gathering that afterwards he rang up Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab and informed that he had taken the liberty of offering a plot on behalf of the Chief Minister, free of cost, to the Chinese Government in case such a hospital was established to which the Chief Minister who is always receptive to any development and welfare-oriented good ideas, responded positively.
dog fouling here in Saltburn is getting out of order and on one occasion recently appeared on my front garden lawn early one morning so I have taken the liberty of placing a Please Clean up After Your Dogs notice on the lamp-post outside.
I have taken the liberty of keeping a cutting of the poem, so thanks again, Harry, for sharing this with us.
So amazing in fact, that "we've taken the liberty of allowing our stage Frost to be better than the man himself at saying his poems," he remarks.
I have taken the liberty of carrying it with me and will be able to give it back to you in September when I return here.
First, the blame should be left at Ms Nhengu's mother who knew full well that her visa had expired whilst in the United Kingdom yet had taken the liberty of staying here illegally with her daughter.
We've also taken the liberty of creating playlist for each of the Top Tens, so fans can listen to and share tracks by all their favourite artists," he stated.
I have taken the liberty of ignoring the Police Authority questionnaire and have sent them the following letter.
I have even taken the liberty of thinking up some names, just in case she gets another mental block.
She replied under her working name Cherie Booth QC saying: "I have taken the liberty of forwarding your papers to the Disability Rights Commission who I know are interested in these types of cases and I will ask them if they could take this matter up.
As for the new salads, although the restaurant deep-fries battered chicken breast pieces for the Buffalo Chicken Salad, we've taken the liberty of using grilled chicken breast strips.
Written by Maria's daughter Antonia Sparano Geiser, Innocent Heart, Laughter And Tears is the amalgamation of many stories Maria and her Mother told directly Antonia, and so Antonia has taken the liberty of collecting and presenting them in first person narration.
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