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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I'm taking the liberty to writing a response only because I live around these relations and can understand most of them.
I am taking the liberty to make a correction to the feature "Best Business City in Latin America" ("Best of Latin America," February 2004).
And, true to his character (he preferred stories and drama over philosophical arguments), Gardner sent me line-by-line corrections, then accepted "China" for his literary magazine MSS, after taking the liberty to add two sentences of his own, which I out of deference to my great debts to him let stand ("I apologize for sticking in new lines, not just pruning," he said).
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