have the run of (some place)

have the run of (some place)

To be able move freely around an entire area. After being cramped in an apartment for years, our dog loves having the run of the big backyard at our new house.
See also: have, 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
References in classic literature ?
It must be so, but I am still so weak that I love my life, the meaning of which is only now gradually opening before me.
I love Amy,' cried Miss Fanny, sobbing and weeping, 'as well as I love my life--better than I love my life.