allow (one) full rein

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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/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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Seal allowed full rein to the outbursts and rhetorical posturing of the opening and closing allegros that, despite occasional shrillness (an additional desk of first violins would have lessened the strain), often made an exciting sound.
This was especially evident in the playful finale to the first movement of the Brahms, when the woodwinds were allowed full rein to colour the music.
But as of Tuesday at Goodwood, Lazarus Burton was reborn as the rails representative of Victor Chandler, a job in which his buccaneering talents will be allowed full rein, as he tries to maintain an honourable Chandler tradition of betting like a grown-up.