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!
See also: allow, free, rein

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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Johnson said she is grateful that the building's owner has allowed her free rein of the space for all these years.
Her fight ended with a settlement but, in what was essentially a programme with allowed her free rein, it would have been helpful to get the newspapers' point of view.
In particular, she insisted, the latter allowed her free rein over his New York investment account for helping him keep assignations with a mistress.
She insisted, the Mr Mead allowed her free rein over his New York investment account for helping him keep office hours assignations with a secret mistress.