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give (one) full rein

To give one complete freedom to do what one wants or chooses. Can you believe the boss gave 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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War gave full rein to greed and ambition, ruthlessness and brutality, the historian believed - but also spawned them, degrading and warping moral standards and perpetuating further conflict.
After giving his famous crooked-finger salute on the victory podium and praising his team in Italian, he gave full rein to his repertoire of English swear-words.
Left on stage with only pianist Chip Crawford for company, the pair conspired to create a moment of beauty that gave full rein to a voice which radiated warmth and pain, heartbreak and happiness.
With Shane Drahm enduring one of his Can't Play Won't Play days, Cipriani was in outstanding form and gave full rein to his howitzer left boot, sumptuous passing and enviable foot-speed.
It's difficult to paint as a success story any region that gave full rein to a politician such as the late president of Turkmenistan, Saparmurad Niyazov, unless establishing a bizarre cult of personality, destroying libraries, banning ballet, and renaming the days of the weeks and months are hallmarks of a reputable civil society.
Under successive hammer blows of greedy Thatcherism, which gave full rein to the worst side of human nature, society disintegrated.
WHEN Bernie Turner turned her attentions to decorating her basement, she admits she gave full rein to her theatrical side.
Foreman's writing freed Mouawad and Triffle from the need to tell a direct, linear story; allowed them to apply their Lecoq training in an appropriate context; and gave full rein to their acute visual imaginations.
never gave full rein to their longing for fame," although they did seek "a measure of greatness as statesmen and, in some cases, also as generals" (p.
The slow movement fared best, where he gave full rein to the music's pathos, full of sentiment but never sentimental.
Creations like the seedy lecher Gruntfuttock gave full rein to his talent for investing almost any line, however apparently innocent, with a whole new meaning.
Success gave full rein to his taste for adventure: off he went climbing frozen waterfalls in Colorado; paragliding in Spain; rock climbing off Thailand.
That's what Margaret Thatcher thought would happen when she gave full rein to the yuppies.