give (someone or something) the run of (some place)

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give (someone or something) the run of (some place)

To allow a person or animal to move freely around an entire area. Now that the fence is up, we can finally give our dog the run of the back yard. Jeff and Haley give their kids the run of the house and it shows—there are toys in every room.
See also: give, of, run

give somebody/get/have the ˈrun of something

(informal) allow somebody/be allowed to use freely a house, etc. that belongs to another person: He was very kind and let us have the run of his house while he was at work.
See also: get, give, have, of, run, somebody, something
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Wearing's plan to cultivate a bunch of skid-row types over a period of years, give them the run of her studio, and film the proceedings--sounds like a recipe for disaster, not only for practical and aesthetic reasons but on ethical grounds as well.
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