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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

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

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

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

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
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Frnt C2, Bellingham, was approved for a new 426, spirits/br/wn rest lounge- license. License no.: 407016.
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The department is currently accepting applications to participate in its lottery for the licenses.
The government on Monday began issuing new drivers' licenses at 25 sites in Metro Manila and Regions III, IV-A and VIII.
Between the restrictions, disclosure and escrow requirements, and the regulatory and approval process, the purchase of a retail liquor license appears to be anything but expeditious.
* Every license code is guaranteed to be Unique, even if you generate thousands of codes at a time.
A few years ago, for example, a small restaurant trying to open in Leominster ended up in another community because the owner could not afford the $50,000 to $100,000 asking price for a liquor license in the city.
Individuals who have attained a salesperson's or broker's license prior to July 1, 2008 will be eligible for the 15-year exemption from the continuing education requirement, if they meet all of the current requirements for such exemption.
For example, Arizona statutes contain the following: "Persons who hold valid certificates or licenses as certified public accountants issued by other states or foreign countries, whose principal places of business are not in this state, may practice and hold themselves out as certified public accountants in this state for a period not more than sixty calendar days in a calendar year without complying with the limited reciprocity requirements of this section...."
The California Board of Accountancy has outlined two pathways for earning a CPA license. Once a candidate passes the exam and applies for a CPA license, they'll need to select one of the pathways:
1.861-18(c) and (f)) to a domestic corporation (the head licensee); and (2) the head licensee transfers a copyright right in the computer program or a copy of the computer program to one or more of its affiliates, as permitted under the terms and conditions of the master license agreement, for use in computers and similar and related equipment manufactured and marketed by the affiliate (in the case of a transfer of a copyright right) or for the affiliate's own use (in the case of a transfer of a copy of the computer program).
* Verification of license and status in all participating states;
Contracting without a license is an administrative or criminal violation in states that license contractors.
A Florida state appeals court has upheld the suspension of a Muslim woman's driver's license because she refused to have her picture taken without her veil.
While other options exist, the most direct way to gain access to technologies developed on university campuses is to license them.