give rein to

give rein to (someone or something)

To allow unchecked or unconstrained freedom to something or someone; to completely or freely indulge something or someone. George would make a great businessman if he didn't give rein to his emotions like that. It's a sure sign that this company is failing if they're willing to give rein to the interns like this. You have a nasty habit of giving rein to your drinking.
See also: give, rein

give rein to

see under free hand.
See also: give, rein
References in classic literature ?
They cooked their meat before they ate it and they shunned many articles of food as unclean that Tarzan had eaten with gusto all his life and so insidious is the virus of hypocrisy that even the stalwart ape-man hesitated to give rein to his natural longings before them.
When we were growing up, we were never allowed to give rein to our creative instincts and draw - or write - on the walls of our rooms.
If we give rein to it, it helps to keep us psychologically healthy and even free of depression.
Yet Bees' recent results mean the good-natured Kiwi is having to give rein to his inner Grinch as his role as director of rugby metamorphoses into Portway's resident Keeper of Feet on Ground.
Unfortunately, new freedoms give rein to the majority to lash out at minorities.
Against ten men and a goal up West Brom began to give rein to their most flowing football.
It's as if he's released from his shackles, allowed to give rein to his attacking tendencies.
Ketil explains how he includes improvisational passages in his compositions, allowing top musicians to give rein to their own creativity within given parameters.
HOWARD WRIGHT at the GBGC Gambling Law Conference in London SPORTS minister Richard Caborn is being urged to give rein to legislation that would allow betting shops to open from midmorning to late-evening all year round well in advance of the anticipated date of September 2007.
There will be plenty of opportunities to give rein to our hippie side - and let's face it, we all have one, no matter how latent.
Having perused papers and periodicals from this not-so-distant past--noting the familiarity of headlines and out-of-date typography--you can now give rein to your fancy: might not something have happened on the 16th of June which the press has omitted to report?
Of course, we keep our emotions in check, but I think there is a point when emotions can no longer be ignored and we have give rein to what we truly feel.
Keuy notes that in Jerome's translations of Origen's homilies, "side by side with drastic periphrases, abbreviations, and interpolations designed to help the reader's understanding, we come across traces of [Jerome's] incorrigible tendency to heighten or intensify the colour of an expression, to give rein to his personal opinions or prejudices, or to show off his learning" (p.
Today's designers are moving away from traditional styles and colours to give rein to imaginations which see a blend of Eastern and Western ideas.