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be off the reservation

1. To be outside the bounds of control, propriety, or acceptance of a given group. The phrase refers to the forced relocation of Native Americans to Indian reservations in the United States. Because of this origin, the phrase is often considered offensive or inappropriate. The youths in this area act like they are off the reservation more and more these days, disregarding anything they see as a form of authority.
2. To think or act differently or contrary to the accepted norm. The vice president seems to be off the reservation regarding his views on legalizing marijuana.
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go off the reservation

1. To go or act outside the bounds of control, propriety, or acceptance of a given group. The phrase refers to the forced relocation of Native Americans to Indian reservations in the United States. Because of this origin, the phrase is often considered offensive or inappropriate. The youths in this area are going off the reservation more and more these days, disregarding anything they see as a form of authority.
2. To think or act differently or contrary to the accepted norm. The vice president seems to have gone off the reservation regarding his views on legalizing marijuana.
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make a reservation

To guarantee in advance that one has a position or place within a location or venue. The restaurant gets really busy on Fridays, so we'll need to make a reservation ahead of time. You can usually get seats on the train on the day, but I always feel better making a reservation online.
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off the reservation

1. Outside the bounds of control, propriety, or acceptance of a given group. The phrase refers to the forced relocation of Native Americans to Indian reservations in the United States. Because of this origin, the phrase is often considered offensive or inappropriate. The youths in this area seems content to remain largely off the reservation, as if they are beholden to no form of authority.
2. Different or contrary to the accepted norm. The vice president seems to be off the reservation regarding his views on legalizing marijuana.
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with reservations

With doubts or feelings of unease. Although Jim signed the contract, he did so with reservations about whether he was actually making the best decision.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

make a reservation

 and make reservations
to reserve a seat, as in an airplane, restaurant, or theater in advance; to reserve a room, as in a hotel in advance. Did you make a reservation or are we just going to chance getting a table? I made reservations for a flight at twelve noon.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

off the reservation

Beyond acceptable limits. This term, which dates from about 1900, alludes to Native Americans who leave their assigned tracts of land, which could be dangerous. In politics, according to William Safire, to go off the reservation acquired a special meaning: to refuse to support a party’s candidate but still remain in the party. President Harry S. Truman so used it in referring to Southern Democrats who refused to support Al Smith in the 1928 election, thereby gaining support for Herbert Hoover.
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Paswan, who is chief of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and an ally of BJP, said reservation was earlier limited to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other Backward classes but the Modi government extended its benefits for economically backward upper castes.
'Political contradictions and reservations of party members inside the party is the beauty of democracy.
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Rana Sanaullah, leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and former law minister Punjab, said on Thursday that PML-N has reservations over the appointment of Dr Hasan Askari as caretaker Chief Minister Punjab.
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The Cabinet discussed the report submitted by the Manjunath Commission and decided to extend reservations to the Kapu, Telaga, Balija and Ontari communities.
Taking a stand, KCR said he will not beg the Center but will fight to get the reservation quota included in the ninth schedule of the constitution on the lines of protection given to Tamil Nadu's 69 per cent reservations.
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Air Canada had weighed participating in the new reservations system that Amadeus is developing for the Star Alliance, based on a new platform.
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