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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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I hypothesize that those polarity items that require a preceding overt licenser are morphologically defective: their feature bundle lacks an operator feature, but this feature is necessary for their lexicalization.
These will here find review in a fuller description of three readers of the poem in 1667: the censorious Thomas Tomkins (episcopal licenser), the laudatory Sir John Hobart (parliamentarian), and the more conflicted John Beale (country minister, corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society).
In some instances, the licensee has the autonomy to create products under the licenser's brand name as well.
It has the advantage of not requiring separate negotiations between the government concerned, a licenser and a contractor, while it may spread credit insurance coverage, particularly if the consortium groups contractors from different countries.
This leads Honigmann to suggest that, since Daniel left several bequests to members of the 'Bowre' family in his will, family influence may have helped him to secure his appointment as licenser for the Queen's Revels in 1604.
Day Dream's artists and the licenser usually go back and forth over the details numerous times before the final design is approved.
For licensing arrangements to survive, the licenser must offer a steady stream of innovations to maintain a competitive edge and to provide added value to licensees.
Although the licenser neither designed nor marketed the application for use on a PC, we did not see that as a deterrent to implementing it on XYZ's PC (with the perspective that XYZ would "someday" install a minicomputer).
1 licenser, with themed products generating $56.6 billion in retail sales last year.
Considered the world's largest licenser with sales of nearly $40 billion, a Disney official told (http://www.cnbc.com/id/100698308) The New York Times on Wednesday that the company had sent a letter to thousands of licensees and vendors on March 4 to take away production from "highest-risk countries," like Bangladesh, in order to improve safety standards in its supply chain.
The target company acts as a licenser and distributor of copyright-protected digital media content.
East pointed out that ARM had emerged as the world's No.1 silicon IP licenser, authorizing over 200 chip companies including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.
The claim has been brought against the Institute for Animal Health and Merial Animal Health as operators of the Pirbright facility, and Defra Secretary Hilary Benn, pictured, as licenser and regulator of the facility.
And, as a district inspector and licenser for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission - the equivalent of the taxman to the bar scene - he's so unpopular to some that he dons hats and other small disguises to avoid being seen.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Mitsubishi Electric), licenser of design and manufacturing technologies for turbine generators, will also make a 10% investment.