give (one) carte blanche

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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
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Was he not part of the elite that allowed the financial industry get very close to the levers of power, gave them carte blanche to lend, with too little regulation, as they gambled on the future of our country?
Well, when I say ``asked'', I was followed about 100 yards after I'd slotted a few pennies in the box by someone who then thought that gave them carte blanche to try to emotionally blackmail me into spending my Saturdays donning a sash like Miss Worthy Cause 2002 and shaking a collection tin in rhythm to the beat of my discomfort.