take the liberty to do (something)

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take the liberty to do (something)

To do something without first seeking out or asking for someone's permission. I took the liberty to print out some financial reports ahead of today's meeting. I hope you don't mind, but I took the liberty to tell your husband you'd be late for dinner.
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In fact we find this attempt disrespectful and I personally find it incredible that anyone takes the liberty to talk on Seve's behalf.
In fact, we find this attempt disrespectful and I personally find it incredible that anyone takes the liberty to talk on Seve's behalf.
The Ministry said the prison authority takes the liberty to seize whatever amount it sees fit from the prisoners' accounts to punish them if they participate in hunger strike or any other form of protest.
The advertisement read: 'The Manufacturer of China Ware at Chelsea takes the liberty to aquaint the Publick, that he has been employed since his last Sale in making a considerable parcel, of which the Assortments are so far advanced, that he hopes to be in a Condition to offer it to Sale in the Month of March next; it will consist of a variety of Services for Tea, Coffee, Chocolate, Porringers, Sauce Boats, Basons, and Ewers, Ice-Pails, Tureens, Dishes and Plates of different Forms and Patterns, and of a great Variety of pieces for ornament in a Taste entirely new'.
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