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give full 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 full rein to me? Finally, I can present a campaign with my own vision!
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Lakin was never over-awed and gave full rein to his creative side, Bailey showed some beautiful touches in training, McFarlane's energy was irrepressible and Trueman's shot-stopping as good as billed.
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." Criticising the effectiveness of diplomatic solutions and the abdication of global leadership role by the US,
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.
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.
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.
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.
The slow movement fared best, where he gave full rein to the music's pathos, full of sentiment but never sentimental.
That's what Margaret Thatcher thought would happen when she gave full rein to the yuppies.