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à la carte

Available to be purchased individually instead of bundled with other items. Most often describes items on a menu that are not part of a main dish. I wasn't very hungry, so I opted to buy a few side items à la carte instead of a full meal.
See also: carte, la

carte blanche

The freedom to do whatever one wants or deems necessary, especially with a particular task or assignment. This French phrase means "blank card" in English. I can't believe the boss gave me carte blanche to organize the conference—he's usually such a micro-manager!
See also: blanche, carte

give (one) carte blanche

To give one the freedom to do whatever one wants or deems necessary, especially with a particular task or assignment. This French phrase means "blank card" in English. I can't believe the boss gave me carte blanche to organize the conference—he's usually such a micromanager!
See also: blanche, carte, give
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*carte blanche

Fig. freedom or permission to act as one wishes or thinks necessary. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) He's been given carte blanche with the reorganization of the workforce. The manager has been given no instructions about how to train the staff. He has carte blanche from the owner.
See also: blanche, carte
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ˌcarte ˈblanche (to do something)

(from French) complete freedom or authority to do anything you like: The detective was given carte blanche to read any files he liked in his search for the murderer.The French expression means ‘blank paper’ on which somebody could write their own conditions for an agreement.
See also: blanche, carte
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

carte blanche

Complete freedom, unlimited power. The term is French for “blank paper,” used in the same sense as “blank check”—that is, anything may be filled in. In the 1600s it was used in the military for unconditional surrender. After World War I it was broadened to civilian contexts, such as “He’s the best mechanic we have; the boss gave him carte blanche to handle all the repairs.”
See also: blanche, carte
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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Carte Noire Espresso capsules contain 10 single servings and are available in supermarkets now at a RRP of PS2.79.
A la carte is a delusion we've held onto for so long that no one bothered to notice how obsolete it already is.
The a la carte range is designed to give passengers a choice of the standard catering or one of the four gourmet meals from the a la carte menu.
Partnered by Weichong Marwing, Carte Diamond suddenly unshipped his hapless rider (whose iron had slipped out) and careered round the course before, to everybody's horror, crashing through the false running rail.
He declined to quarrel with Mr Carte and consequently he got into a quarrel with Mr Gilbert.
Le principal objectif de cet article consiste a proposer l'adoption d'une protection legislative des droits du titulaire d'une carte de debit victime d'une utilisation non autorisee de sa carte par un tiers, en se fondant sur les risques du systeme plutot que sur la responsabilite personnelle de ce titulaire.
Library a la Carte is a custom content management system that enables librarians to easily and quickly create and manage ICAPs and SRGs.
By e-mail: E-mail your entry to using the words 'Carte D'Or' as your subject line.
They'll be treated to gorgeous views and fantastic music and have the opportunity to indulge their taste buds with the new Carte D'Or Chocolate Inspiration - gorgeous chocolate ice cream, swirled with vanilla flavoured ice cream and mixed with dark chocolate pieces containing 70 per cent cocoa from Ecuador.
Instead, Martin thinks the industry should give cable consumers a la carte options.
Carte Diamond has been ruled out of the Emirates Melbourne Cup after crashing through a running rail during track work on Tuesday morning.
Company: Smarte Carte Inc., a concessionaire and supplier of carts and cart-vending equipment to airports; strollers and shopping carts to shopping malls; and electronic lockers to airports, bus stations, amusement parks, shopping malls and ski resorts.
Les cartes marocaines ont enregistre, en paiements et en retraits, 92,6 millions d'operations pour un montant de 74,4 MMDH (+9,9% en nombre et +8,8% en montant).; les cartes marocaines a validite internationale ont realise 2 millions d'operations a l'etranger, retraits et paiements, pour un montant global de 1,3 MMDH en T1-2019, en progression de 72,5% en nombre et 34,0% en montant, par rapport a la meme periode en 2018.Concernant les cartes etrangeres, elles ont enregistre, en paiements et en retraits, 4,6 millions d'operations pour un montant de 6,4 milliards de DH (+15,1% en nombre et de +11,0% en montant).