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(something) permitting

So long as the specific thing does not prevent or interfere with some activity or task mentioned elsewhere. We'll have the class in Foley's Park on Saturday, weather permitting. Time permitting, the presentation will also go over useful and nonintrusive ways to encourage client spending. We hope to continue our investigation of these essential issues in our research project, funding permitting.
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allow me

set phrase Let me do it. Typically said before a polite action or gesture. "Allow me," my date said before opening my car door. Allow me—I'll open the wine bottle. A: "I'm afraid I'm not very good at cutting cakes." B: "Oh, Aunt Nancy can do it." C: "Yes, honey, allow me."
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drain (something) off to (do something)

To cause a liquid to flow off or out of something in order to allow some particular action to occur. Drain some of that excess water off to free up some more space in the pot for the other ingredients. The doctor began draining off blood to relieve some pressure from the swollen arm..
See also: drain, off, to

drain off

1. To flow or move off of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "drain" and "off." Now that we've fixed the gutters, the rain should drain off of our roof nicely.
2. To cause a liquid to flow or move off of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "drain" and "off." Drain off some of that excess water to free up more space in the pot for the other ingredients.
See also: drain, off

permit (one) in(to something or some place)

To grant one permission to enter something or some place. Do not, under any circumstances, permit those inspectors into the building. The bouncer recognized out fake IDS and didn't permit us in.
See also: permit, something

permit (one) out (of something or some place)

To grant one permission to leave or exit something or some place. Do not permit any employees out of the building until they have been inspected for stolen goods. Because of the lockdown, no one is permitted out.
See also: out, permit, something

permit (one) through (something or some place)

To grant one permission to pass or travel something or some place. The CEO is being questioned by the FBI for not permitting investigators through the factory grounds. Her clearance has been verified—permit her through. I'm sorry, sir. No one is permitted through this border at the moment, regardless of their clearance level.
See also: permit, through

permit (one) up (something or some place)

To grant one permission ascend something. You shouldn't permit your children up such large, dangerous trees. I don't permit the dog up the stairs.
See also: permit, up

permit me

set phrase Please allow me do something, typically a polite action or gesture. "If you'll permit me, ma'am," the bellhop said, as he reached over to open the door for me.
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permit up to (something)

1. To grant one permission ascend to something or some place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "permit" and "up to." I don't permit my children up to the attic. The CEO wouldn't permit investigators up to the top floor of the company's headquarters.
2. To allow for an amount not higher than some figure. Our license permits up to 150 people to be inside at one time. Each self-contained office in the complex permits up to six one-person desks. The new law permits up to 60% of earnings to be protected from income tax.
See also: permit, to, up

weather permitting

So long as the weather is good enough so as not to cancel, delay, or interfere with what is planned. We'll have the company in Foley's Park on Saturday, weather permitting. The latest update they gave us is that, weather permitting, we should arrive at the airport around 9 PM.
See also: permit, weather
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allow me

 and permit me
Please let me help you. (*Typically said by someone politely assisting another person, as by opening a door or providing some personal service. In Allow me, the stress is usually on me. In Permit me, the stress is usually on -mit.) Tom and Jane approached the door. "Allow me," said Tom, grabbing the doorknob. "Permit me," said Fred, pulling out a gold-plated lighter and lighting Jane's cigarette.
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Could I join you?

 and (Do you) care if I join you?; (Do you) mind if I join you?
Will you permit me to sit with you? (An inquiry seeking permission to sit at someone's table or join someone else in some activity. Also used with can or may in place of could.) Tom came into the cafe and saw Fred and Sally sitting in a booth by the window. Coming up to them, Tom said, "Could I join you?"
See also: could, join

drain something off something

 and drain something off to cause or permit something
to flow from the surface or contents of something. Drain some of the broth off the chicken. Drain off the fat at the bottom of the pan.
See also: drain, off

permit someone into something

 and permit someone in
to allow someone to enter something or some place. They would not permit me in the dining room since I had no tie. They would not permit in that bunch of rowdy brats or any other of her friends.
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permit someone out (of something)

to allow someone to go out of something or some place. His mother won't permit him out of his room all weekend. I didn't do anything, but she won't permit me out!
See also: out, permit

permit someone through (something)

to allow someone to pass through something. Would you permit me through the door? I have to get into this building. Janet said she was in a hurry, but they wouldn't permit her through.
See also: permit, through

permit someone up (something)

to allow someone to come up something. She would not permit me up the ladder. I wanted to climb the ladder to be with Walter, but he wouldn't permit me up.
See also: permit, up

permit someone up to something

to allow someone to come up to something or some place. The teacher would not permit the smallest children up to the edge. They would not permit us up to the gate before our turn came.
See also: permit, to, up

weather permitting

Fig. if the weather allows it. Weather permitting, we will be there on time. The plane lands at midnight, weather permitting.
See also: permit, weather

will not hear of something

 and won't hear of something
will refuse to tolerate or permit something. You mustn't drive home alone. I will not hear of it. My parents won't hear of my staying out that late.
See also: hear, not, of, will
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

— permitting

if the specified thing does not prevent you from doing something.
1997 Classic Boat Time and weather permitting rudderless sailing is also taught, along with spinnaker and trapezing.
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allow ˈme

(spoken) used to offer help politely: ‘I’ll just take these bags upstairs.’ ‘Allow me.’
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Business permits will be issued upon compliance of the following initial requirements: filled-out application form, assessment sheet with official receipt (OR) of payment, original barangay clearance with OR, DTI/SEC Certificate of Registration and Articles of Incorporation, certificate of property holdings, if lessor, Community Tax Certificates of Business and its employees, occupational tax or professional tax of employees and notarized undertaking to comply with all other regulatory requirements within 60 days from receipt of business permit.
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On the other hand, the total number of permits issued for Egyptians to work in European countries reached 20,169 permits representing 1.9%.
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A $678,300 new construction permit was issued for a two-story building with ground-floor retail and live-work space and four second-floor residential units at 2477 S.E.
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Most first residence permits granted by Cyprus in 2017 were for employment reasons, amounting a total of 8,204 permits (43.2 per cent).
This includes resident permits, dispensations and carer permits, as well as other types of on-street parking permits.
A report to the committee says: "Work has begun to scope the feasibility of replacing paper parking permits with a new e-permit system.
'The PITC has not applied for any rice-import permits with the NFA and neither authorized any party to apply for and in behalf of the PITC for such permits for 2017,' the GOCC said in its letter to the NFA.
10, all with a validity of up to one year from issuance."Based on the NFA Council-approved guidelines, the import permit under the 2017 MAV rice importation program has a validity period of only 15 calendar days from the date of issuance and not one year as specified in the spurious permits," NFA administrator Jason Aquino said.
N.E., East Wenatchee; mechanical permit for commercial property.
A total of 39,000 permits were issued in Q3 2016, as discount sales and special offers grew 213 per cent, reaching 1,647 from the 526 permits issued in Q2 2015.
The total number of building permits issued in all seven municipalities of the country rose 67%, from 369 in July to 616 in August this year.