give someone his/her head, to

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give (one) (one's) head

To allow one to do what one wants; to grant one more or total freedom. Can you believe the boss gave me my head on this project? Finally, I can present a campaign with my own vision! I'm giving you your head on this project, I hope to see some real innovation.
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give someone his/her head, to

Allow someone to achieve an end in his or her own way. The term comes from horseback riding, where since the sixteenth century a horse has been said to be given its head when the rider loosens the reins and lets it go where it will. It had been transferred to human beings by about 1700, as it was in Richard Steele’s play The Tender Husband (1703, 1.1): “What a fool I have been to give him his head so long.”
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'Give her her head, Tom,' cried the host; and away they went, down the narrow lanes; jolting in and out of the cart-ruts, and bumping up against the hedges on either side, as if they would go to pieces every moment.
As my advice was by far the easiest to follow, we ended by adopting it, and contrived to embrace the gunwale and give her her head.