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a license to (do something)

The authority or permission to do something. The pharmaceutical company treated its sole ownership of lifesaving drug's formula as a license to charge exorbitant amounts of money for it. The secret agent was granted a license to kill by the CIA.
See also: license

artistic license

1. Intentional violations of or deviations from traditional forms, standards, or syntax by a writer in order to achieve a particular effect. Don't get hung up on adhering too strictly to iambic pentameter—you can use a bit of artistic license if it means preserving the meaning and rhythm you want. Any two-bit poet can string together a jumble of words and call it artistic license.
2. Minor changes to or misrepresentations of facts or history in the name of art or for the sake of an agenda. People complain about minor inaccuracies in historical dramas, but honestly they wouldn't be able to make the movies marketable without using a little artistic license.
See also: artistic, license

be a license to print money

Of an activity, business model, or company, to yield very high profits but require little or no effort to do so. Primarily heard in US. All these hefty parking fees and fines are just a license to print money for the city. These trashy gossip magazines are of such low quality, yet they always fly off the shelves. The whole racket is a license to print money.
See also: license, money, print

poetic license

1. Intentional violations of or deviations from traditional forms, standards, or syntax by a writer in order to achieve a particular effect. Don't get hung up on adhering too strictly to iambic pentameter—you can use a bit of poetic license if it means preserving the meaning and rhythm you want. Any two-bit poet can string together a jumble of words and call it poetic license.
2. Minor changes to or misrepresentations of facts or history in the name of art or for the sake of an agenda. People complain about minor inaccuracies in historical dramas, but honestly they wouldn't be able to make the movies marketable without using a little poetic license.
See also: license, poetic
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

license to do something

permission, right, or justification to do something. You have no license to behave in that manner! Who granted you license to enter my house without knocking?
See also: license

poetic license

liberties or license of the type taken by artists, especially poets, to violate patterns of rhyme, harmony, structure, etc. I couldn't tell whether he kept making spelling mistakes or if it was just poetic license.
See also: license, poetic

*(a) right to something

 and *(the) right to something
a privilege or license to have something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I have the right to have the kind of house I want. You have a right to any house you can afford.
See also: right
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

poetic license

Also, artistic license. The liberty taken by a writer or artist in deviating from conventional form or fact to achieve an effect. For example, I've never seen grass or a tree of that color; but that's artistic license. [Late 1700s]
See also: license, poetic
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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A postman whistling on his round will not be licensable.
They also dismissed the case against his brother Thariq Mohammed who had pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing to four charges of knowingly allowing an unauthorised licensable activity to be carried on.
The purpose of this application is to vary the hours when licensable activities may take place on Monday-Saturday from 08:00-23:00 to 06:00 - 23:00 and Sunday from 10:00 - 22:30 to 06:00-23:00, to amend the store layout in respect of a refurbishment and to remove embedded restrictions.
The proposed licensable activity is the sale by retail of alcohol for consumption off the premises each day of the week between 07:00 and 23:00.
'Spark' will be open and freely licensable to hardware manufacturers and others who are interested.
And, from a licensing perspective, it is important to recognize that the most licensable titles are those with a history of past success.
Formed by Google, IBM, Mellanox Technologies, NVIDIA, and Tyan, the Foundation makes POWER hardware and software available for open development, as well as POWER intellectual property licensable to other manufacturers.
IBM stated that the hardware and software which was earlier proprietary to IBM, will now be available for open development and it will be licensable to others.
Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., September 30, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Novel Games, the world's leading developer of licensable games, is now making the licensing even more approachable.
But the A15 was the licensable processor design from ARM that assured faster performance than Cortex A9 that was employed in A5 processor.
Orion, based in Henderson, Nevada, focuses on attractive investments in licensable intellectual property, equity assets, entertainment assets, real estate and divisions in various stages of development.Country: USASector: Business and Consumer ServicesTarget: BGUARDED SECURITY CoBuyer: Orion Diversified Holding Co IncVendor: Ron Pasquinucci Type: Corporate acquisitionFinancing: Cash & StockStatus: Closed
An application by Chief Superintendent Sean Russell outlined the violent scenes - and then called for an interim suspension of "all licensable activity" at the club.
A vehicle registration or "poste restante" collection service at the post office can be used as the licensable address and TV Licensing contacts people via both these routes.
It is reiterated that establishing cable TV network and FM radio stations in Pakistan is a licensable activity under section 19(2) of PEMRA Ordinance 2002, Rules and Regulations.
It is pertinent to mention here that establishing a cable TV network in Pakistan is a licensable activity under Section 19 (2) of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 and the Rules and Regulations.