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 micro-manager!
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How dare he give carte blanche to these people to use our NHS for free.
This no doubt will in turn force the anti-fracking protesters to back off and give carte blanche to fracking companies to drill and extract wherever they want, and even if they managed to trigger environmental disasters while they're at it, they can still blame it all on the Russians.
Writers have been give carte blanche to try any comedy ideas around Harry.
To come so far on such a sensitive topic, [yet] in one fell swoop he can almost give carte blanche that racism is acceptable between the hours of 3pm and 4.
We give carte blanche to Prime Minister Almazbek Atambaev in addressing economic issues, fight against corruption," MP Kanybek Imanaliev (Ar Namys) told reporters today while commenting on the decision of 10 Ar Namys parliamentarians to enter the coalition of the majority.
The Collins English Dictionary contains the definitions of many other slang and derogatory terms but that does not give carte blanche for them to be used without consideration, appropriateness or social responsibility.
It does not give carte blanche for companies to claim public subsidies, for instance, every time they make a prototype that they know full well will be sold on to a customer.
Taxpayers should be aware that the QSub election does not necessarily give carte blanche to pass through all items of deduction from the QSub to its S corporation parent.
But we can't give carte blanche to every single tradition, regardless of its abuse of individuals or human rights.
Do we give carte blanche to foreign governments to come here and carry out atrocities with impunity?
We are convinced that many more could be at risk and more investment could be jeopardised if we give carte blanche to developers and, because of this, the road network in the North-east comes to a complete standstill.
And French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said: "We will not give carte blanche to military action.
This canon does not give carte blanche to the faithful, however, since it insists on three conditions being fulfilled before sacraments can be administered: that the faithful opportunely ask for a sacrament--in this case Communion; that they are properly disposed; and that they are not prohibited by law from receiving them.
DH: Jim, I've heard of or seen situations in which the taxpayers give carte blanche to the Service.
By refusing to set policy and state what is required of the new superintendent, the board seemed to give carte blanche to Zacarias.