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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Dave Woods, from XK Engineering, said: "Steve Coogan is passionate about 171 DBP and knows how historically important it is but he gave us carte blanche to restore it.
It is fascinating to see how Harrods gave us carte blanche to run whole departments in the store.