allow (one) free rein

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allow (one) free rein

To give one complete freedom to do what one wants or chooses. Can you believe the boss allowed me free rein on this project? Finally, I can present a campaign with my own vision!
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give/allow somebody/something free/full ˈrein


give/allow free/full ˈrein to somebody/something

not restrict, limit or control something: In a novel the author need not keep to the facts, but a textbook is not the place to give free rein to your imagination. OPPOSITE: keep a tight rein on somebody/something
A rein is a long leather band that is fastened around a horse’s neck and used by the rider to control the speed of the horse.
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Mr Burnham described antiby social behaviour as a 'blight on our communities', adding: "We've seen a steady increase in the numbers of incidents reported in recent years and I am not prepared to sit back and allow free rein to the small minority of people who think it acceptable to intimidate, threaten or abuse transport workers and commuters.
But there is no reason to believe Khamenehi would allow free rein to either Khatami or Musavi in the presidency.
Hargreaves is expected to be a key man now though, offering a defensive discipline in midfield that should allow free rein to United's attacking stars.
It would also allow free rein to power mad doctors such as the late Dr Harold Shipman.
The most positive way to deal with family affairs after September is to follow your hunches, act on intuition, allow free rein to your imagination.
Lyrical poetry or that of the Symbolists or any avant-garde movement, it is argued, are too individual, metaphysical, or |difficult' for governments wishing to control literary output to allow free rein.