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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

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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2 -- color) Sheriff's deputies check drivers for valid licenses Thursday.
The prepayment, standard in industry for protection of intellectual property and trade secrets, is required only upon signing a license agreement, which occurs after a company has had an opportunity to review significant disclosure of technical information concerning Microsoft's protocol technology.
Libraries have become major buyers of access to digital information, which they acquire through licenses that bear many resemblances to those for software.
Should an individual or group of individuals disturb or break the guidelines established by the legislation, the Secretary of State would able to lift the individual's license.
Site licenses are not fixed price subscriptions that customer service personnel routinely handle.
Additional patent holder meetings are planned, and work on the joint license will continue.
The annual Resident Sport Fishing License, valid in inland and ocean waters, will increase from $29.
Currently, retailers must buy licenses in advance, based on past sales performances.
The state sold 1,455,069 licenses in '94 and 1,265,487 last year, a 13 percent decline.
Agilis Software is among the first to join the program designed for digital rights and software license management companies that want to implement best practices for operational aspects of software licensing management.
It found that drivers who never had licenses, or lost them in court, continue driving anyway and get into a disproportionate number of deadly crashes.
Department investigators don't know how many licenses were issued in exchange for the under-the-table payments, which ran as high as $1,000.
While software licensing in the past has largely been a necessary accounting tool, it is now becoming a key aspect of strategic marketing - the vendors that can package and deliver flexible versions of their software through electronic licenses will be the innovators who attract and retain customers.
On the loan level, Mavent's service reviews specific loans to ensure that the broker or lender is licensed in a particular jurisdiction, that licenses are active and in good standing, and--importantly--that the licenses authorize the brokering and creation of the subject loan type (considering terms such as APR, balance and lien position).
Joint licensing programs provide the market with a convenient and cost-effective way to obtain licenses to the patents essential to practice of a standard.