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

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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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KIDS COOK FRIDAY ONCE your children have mastered the basics and are cooking confidently, allow them free rein to cook a meal by themselves.
We just allow them free rein to be creative,'' she said.
Another tip for mums suffering from 'pester power' is to set strict limits on what you'll agree to buy children from mainstream shops or catalogues, but allow them free rein in charity shops - you can pick up huge bargains like books, toys and clothes, and even if you don't end up using them, you haven't spent much and you've helped the charity.