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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


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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Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent give full rein to their inner eccentrics as the voices of the principals of a prestigious magic school which hides a dark secret within its rainbow-coloured corridors.
Technology has allowed people to give full rein to voyeurism.
"The gathering aims to give full rein to the potentials of the youth and activate their roles in the development of their respective countries," he said in press statements following the opening ceremony.
Coleman is letting Gareth ale and Aaron Ramsey give full rein to their footballing genius, but in a pattern where they all know their jobs.
The album, from which he promises to play a few songs at the Town Hall alongside old favourites, is a sumptuous collection of self-penned songs that give full rein to his celebrated guitar work that has been compared to the great Jimi Hendrix himself.
We must remember what can happen when an unbalanced politician ((remember the infamous "we are a grandmother" quote and the sitting in tank turrets wearing a union flag scarf like something from Gilbert and Sullivan) is allowed to give full rein to personal spite and prejudices.
This allowed me to give full rein to the voices in my head, or to put that another way the voices I would conjure up to keep my little charges amused.
Optometrists know only too well the frustration of not being allowed to give full rein to their skills and training.
They get a chance to see the garments really close up and get a taste of what's being predicted for the future." Students were asked to come up with their own brief and give full rein to their imagination.
"The festival's main objective is to give full rein to amateur graffiti, allowing artists to create their imaginative works, building a wall of communication between them and the masses," says Tamer Assem, the Director of Mahmoud Mokhtar Cultural Centre.
"The wetlands allows us to give full rein to our vision of creating golf courses where nature works in harmony with the values of this royal and ancient game." Spread over an area of 130 hectares, the Saadiyat Reserve golf destination will feature the 71 hectare new course, the design of which is due for completion this year with groundbreaking scheduled for early 2009.
Launching Drive, Lorenzo can finally give full rein to his passion: production.
The building administrators give full rein to the team leaders in setting team agendas for the year.
They have introduced a range of make-and-bake products which give full rein to kids' ghoulish imagination in the kitchen.