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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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Our Licensing Management service provides online access to your licensing information, notification of upcoming license renewals, processing of your renewals, notifications to insurance departments of name, address and director change, and notifications of administrative actions.
These states accept documentation from NASBA for the reciprocal licensing and/or notification process.
For questions about licensing requirements, you can contact the CBA at (916) 561-1701 or pathwayinfo@cba.ca.gov.
Licensing arrangements, as well as other types of arrangements in which foreign withholding taxes may be paid, can be structured with many different types of entities in many different ways--many of which may not be the type of transaction to which Sec.
And so the NAIC created NIPR as an affiliate company: a network linking states and the industry for the electronic exchange of producer licensing information and a central database of producer information.
Nevada also enacted unique legislation that empowers the state contractors board to conduct background investigations, obtain the fingerprints of applicants and licensees, require contractors to pass law and trade tests prior to licensing, and ensure that contractors establish their financial responsibility.
The licensing and technology office typically files for a patent after combing through dozens of inventions.
The new system of licensing, expected to come into force in January, will bring together a single licensing scheme under the umbrella of local authorities.
In the bioinformatics and computational biology area, questions will arise about how best to promote the widespread distribution of new software to be developed (e.g., using an open source model of licensing or some other model).
An IDC report released in March looks at major shifts in software licensing. Incorporating the views of 100 software vendors and 100 software customers, IDC finds that medium- and large-sized software customers are juggling an average of more than 40 software contracts.
>From the outset of this Administration, we have talked about making licensing faster, simpler and more "user-friendly," a familiar phrase.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced that improvements to its Communications Protocol Licensing Program are now available to existing and prospective licensees.
Last year, DEC initiated an automated licensing system, known as DECALS.
In 1998, the AMA adopted a policy that encourages state medical societies to work with state licensing boards to develop disciplinary measures against fraudulent testimony by physicians.
Worse, traditional software licensing schemes leave little room to meet the unique needs of the SEM customer without blowing the budget.