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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 someoneand 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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give/lend an ear
To pay close attention; listen attentively.
givefree/full rein to
To release from restraints; allow to go unchecked: gave free rein to her emotions.
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