give free rein to (one)

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give free rein to (one)

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 free rein to me? Finally, I can present a campaign with my own vision!
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give free rein to someone

 and give someone free rein
Fig. to allow someone to be completely in charge (of something). (Alludes to loosening the reins of a horse and therefore control.) The boss gave the manager free rein with the new project. The principal gave free rein to Mrs. Brown in her classes.
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give free rein to

see under free hand.
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The creation of more complicated wheelwork and the use of extremely meticulous spiral springs gave free rein to clockmakers' imaginations, who invented animated objects that fascinated philosophers and scientists alike.
It was all about the legs at Aintree as fans gave free rein to their more exuberant style ahead of today's "Chanel" dress code for Ladies Day.
Visitors could record their own voice in the college's recording studios and gave free rein to their creativity to decorate biscuits.
In 2011, the cement sector in Tunisia was virtually paralyzed because of strikes and sit-ins, which caused the shutdown of some units (Enfidha cement plant...), and gave free rein to speculation.
The highlight of the afternoon was an arts and craft class where the children gave free rein to their artistic expression.
The home side gave free rein to their attacking instincts to the delight of the locals at Griffin Park.
A more sharply problematic aspect of Pollock's art during the late '40s has to do with a recurrent desire for figuration, specifically for a kind of shape definition that is at odds with the radically abstract premises of the new way of working: The paintings in which he gave free rein to that desire, such as White Cockatoo: Number 24A, 1948; Summertime: Number 9A, 1948, and The Wooden Horse: Number 10A, 1948; are among the weakest of the period.
The formal investiture continued nearby in the ballroom while Wayne, 50, gave free rein to his delight.
Perhaps it was because it gave free rein to my imagination." (Terri Ring of Cary, N.C.)
And when, after making these hard-edged stripe paintings for five years, Scully finally gave free rein to his coloristic impulses, he simultaneously reintroduced other "impurities" - unruled lines, obvious brushstrokes, rough edges offset by strips of underpainted color.[5] Of his "manifesto painting," Backs and Fronts, 1981 (a work not in this show), he has said, "The idea of the reduced, refined, irrefutable, absolute, distilled object was completely thrown out the window, in favor of lots of relationships." In this embrace of uncertainty, however, Scully still claims a moral force for his painting.