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off the reservation

1. Outside the bounds of control, propriety, or acceptance of a given group. The phrase refers to the forced relocation of Native Americans to Indian reservations in the United States. Because of this origin, the phrase is often considered offensive or inappropriate. The youths in this area seems content to remain largely off the reservation, as if they are beholden to no form of authority.
2. Different or contrary to the accepted norm. The vice president seems to be off the reservation regarding his views on legalizing marijuana.
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go off the reservation

1. To go or act outside the bounds of control, propriety, or acceptance of a given group. The phrase refers to the forced relocation of Native Americans to Indian reservations in the United States. Because of this origin, the phrase is often considered offensive or inappropriate. The youths in this area are going off the reservation more and more these days, disregarding anything they see as a form of authority.
2. To think or act differently or contrary to the accepted norm. The vice president seems to have gone off the reservation regarding his views on legalizing marijuana.
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be off the reservation

1. To be outside the bounds of control, propriety, or acceptance of a given group. The phrase refers to the forced relocation of Native Americans to Indian reservations in the United States. Because of this origin, the phrase is often considered offensive or inappropriate. The youths in this area act like they are off the reservation more and more these days, disregarding anything they see as a form of authority.
2. To think or act differently or contrary to the accepted norm. The vice president seems to be off the reservation regarding his views on legalizing marijuana.
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with reservations

With doubts or feelings of unease. Although Jim signed the contract, he did so with reservations about whether he was actually making the best decision.
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make a reservation

To guarantee in advance that one has a position or place within a location or venue. The restaurant gets really busy on Fridays, so we'll need to make a reservation ahead of time. You can usually get seats on the train on the day, but I always feel better making a reservation online.
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make a reservation

 and make reservations
to reserve a seat, as in an airplane, restaurant, or theater in advance; to reserve a room, as in a hotel in advance. Did you make a reservation or are we just going to chance getting a table? I made reservations for a flight at twelve noon.
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off the reservation

Beyond acceptable limits. This term, which dates from about 1900, alludes to Native Americans who leave their assigned tracts of land, which could be dangerous. In politics, according to William Safire, to go off the reservation acquired a special meaning: to refuse to support a party’s candidate but still remain in the party. President Harry S. Truman so used it in referring to Southern Democrats who refused to support Al Smith in the 1928 election, thereby gaining support for Herbert Hoover.
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The Tohono O'odham reservation straddles the United States border with Mexico, which essentially separated the Desert People into two countries.
Are more reservations located in the northern, southern, eastern, or western half of the contiguous U.
On appeal, the Supreme Court ruled that Indian offenders committing crimes on the reservation were not subject to federal jurisdiction and reversed the conviction.
In 1977, tribal Chairman Ronnie Lupe, with the backing of the 11-member tribal council, informed the state that the tribe would allow elk hunting without a state permit and would control all hunting and fishing on the reservation.
Tribal Services for the Elderly connected Tas Tonlik Ki with a national charitable organization that sponsors nutritional programs on reservations and they provide the funding for our members to cook and deliver a nutritional and often traditional meal for 14 elderly tribal members who are shut-ins.
They are holders of property benefitted by a negative easement created by restrictions which burden the Reservation property.
Lee argues that it would have been better to have had Indian agents investigating the murder on the reservation since it would have been easier for them to collect evidence and get witnesses to talk.
The big city drug soon exploded on the reservation, with Neela's boyfriend and other friends becoming dealers.
This map shows the locations of all federal and state Indian reservations in 2001.
The development of a unique service delivery system for the area is an outgrowth of one of the major goals of Salish Kootenai College--"to assist with the community development needs of the Flathead Reservation.
There were sellouts at The Roosevelt Hotel, where four delegations counted for 300 reservations nightly.
Housing is in short supply, and one third of reservation homes lack electricity.
The purpose of this project was to provide education and specialized training to reservation-based community representatives who work with people who are elderly and visually impaired and who reside on Arizona reservations.