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 micromanager!
See also: blanche, carte, give
References in classic literature ?
I'll give you carte blanche as to what you serve, but it must be of the best.
And it shouldn't give you carte blanche to behave exactly how you see t and to hell with everyone who you perceive to be lower down the talent food chain.
Christmas should give you carte blanche to do whatever you want," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
Hassett, a lifelong resident of Holden, told the committee: "I think it's unreasonable for us to give you carte blanche to take our children out of town.
Does that now give you carte blanche to consume food and drinks sweetened with aspartame?
Does the "some may see" construction give you carte blanche to be uncivil?
To baseball - and there's no doubt it has developed an inferiority complex when it comes to the NFL - the phrase has come to mean ``you never asked us about this when you signed the deal with the NFL 16 months ago if we'd be OK to move games to ESPN2, so if you do it now, it'll give you carte blanche to move games for anything else you consider important.
This will give you greater latitude in promoting your services, but it does not give you carte blanche to turn them into advertising vehicles.