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allow nature to take its course

To let events develop and conclude naturally, i.e., as they would without outside intervention, help, or interference. The phrase can refer literally to nature or figuratively to manmade situations or events. Though I know people are eager to help those affected by the earthquake, unfortunately we have to allow nature to take its course before anything can be done. We've done as much preparation for the election as we can; we just have to allow nature to take her course tomorrow.
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allow for

1. To plan for or consider something in advance. I didn't allow for traffic this morning, and now, I'm going to be late. The flowers haven't bloomed because I didn't allow for such cold weather.
2. To have or portion an appropriate amount of something. I don't have any money to spare because I didn't allow for this sudden influx of bills when I made my monthly budget. I'm afraid we won't have enough food—I didn't allow for so many guests.
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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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allow (something) full play

To develop something completely. That's a good concept, and I think we should allow it full play in our new ad campaign.
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allow (someone or something) in(to)

To permit entry. The club allowed me into their meeting. The garage is so crowded that the attendants wouldn't allow my car in.
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allow me

Let me do it. This is a set phrase that typically precedes a polite action or gesture. "Allow me," my date said before opening my car door. Allow me—I'll open the wine bottle.
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allow (one) up

To let someone rise from a prone position. If you're able to knock down your opponent, don't allow him up!
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give (one) free rein

To give one complete freedom to do what one wants or chooses. "Rein" refers to the reins of a horse. Can you believe the boss gave me free rein on this project? Finally, I can present a campaign with my own vision!
See also: free, give, rein

allow (one) full rein

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

To give one complete freedom to do what one wants or chooses. Can you believe the boss gave me full rein on this project? Finally, I can present a campaign with my own vision!
See also: full, give, rein

allow for someone or something

1. to plan on having enough of something (such as food, space, etc.) for someone. Mary is bringing Bill on the picnic, so be sure to allow for him when buying the food. Allow for an extra person when setting the table tonight.
2. to plan on the possibility of something. Allow for a few rainy days on your vacation. Be sure to allow for future growth when you plant the rosebushes.
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allow me

 and permit me
Please let me help you. (*Typically said by someone politely assisting another person, as by opening a door or providing some personal service. In Allow me, the stress is usually on me. In Permit me, the stress is usually on -mit.) Tom and Jane approached the door. "Allow me," said Tom, grabbing the doorknob. "Permit me," said Fred, pulling out a gold-plated lighter and lighting Jane's cigarette.
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allow someone or something into a place

 and allow someone or something in
to permit someone or something to enter some place. Will they allow you in the restaurant without a tie? They won't allow in too many visitors.
See also: allow, place

allow someone up

(from something) to permit someone to arise or get up. (Fixed phrase.) He knocked Peter down and would not allow him up from the ground. The doctor won't allow you up!
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allow something for something

1. to allocate a share or a suitable amount of something, such as time, money, space, etc., for some activity or goal. I allowed only an hour for lunch. They did not allow enough money for their expenditures this month.
2. to give consideration to circumstances or contingencies. We allowed room for expansion when we designed the building. Allowing for his youth and lack of experience, I forgave him completely for his oversight.
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*some elbow room

Fig. room to move about in; extra space to move about in. (*Typically: allow ~; get ~; have ~; give someone ~; need ~.) This table is too crowded. We all need some elbow room.
See also: elbow, room

allow for

Leave room for, permit, as in We have enough chairs to allow for forty extra guests, or Our denomination allows for a large variety of beliefs. [Early 1700s] Also see make allowance.
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allow ˈme

(spoken) used to offer help politely: ‘I’ll just take these bags upstairs.’ ‘Allow me.’
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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.

allow for

1. To make some provision for something: The schedule allows time for a coffee break. The design of the building allows for an addition to be built at a later time.
2. To take some possibility into account: I allowed for the possibility of rain by setting up a big tent at the picnic. The shipping company has to allow for some breakage of the products it ships to the stores.
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allow of

To offer or permit something as a possibility: The poem allows of several interpretations.
See also: allow, of
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The current issuance of shares under the Plan follows an initial pro rata distribution of 16,095,776 shares of common stock of AAWW to holders of allowed general unsecured claims in July 2005 and subsequent interim distributions to eligible claimholders of 40,940 shares in October 2005, 7,493 shares in January 2006, 40,824 shares in April 2006, and 396,625 shares in October 2006.
Residents can exceed the maximum number of animals allowed only with a special-use permit, which requires a public hearing.
So a taxpayer under age 50 who is saving for retirement in a conforming state would be allowed to contribute $11,000 to a 401(k) and $11,000 to a 457 plan.
The Fifth Circuit, in a strong opinion, rejected this argument as violating the clear purpose of Congress in enacting the QTIP provisions, and allowed the deduction for the amount elected by the executor.
Businesses with less than $10 million in gross sales should be allowed to use simplified accounting methods in cash accounting, full expensing of all assets and bad debts and deduction meals and automobile expenses.
While the IRS allows investors to complete an exchange of properties to defer taxes - the tiny 45-day window allowed to find a replacement property leaves many frustrated and writing an unnecessary check to the IRS.
Freeman allowed two hits, two walks and five runs before he was removed.
Letter Ruling 9245004 concluded by observing that S corporations should be allowed to be parties to a reorganization, citing GCM 39768 and several revenue rulings issued under pre-SSRA law.
AAWW) (Nasdaq: AAWW), a leading provider of global air cargo services, has begun distribution of 396,625 shares of AAWW's new common stock to holders of allowed general unsecured claims against AAWW and certain of its subsidiaries pursuant to the terms of a Joint Plan of Reorganization under which AAWW and the subsidiaries emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 27, 2004.
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