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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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After his remarks sparked controversy, the RSS came forward with a statement clarifying its stand on reservation.
The fees represent about 5 percent of the market value of the minerals produced by mining firms in the reservation area.
In Andhra Pradesh, BCs (A, B, C, D categories) have 25 per cent reservations. There is a 4 per cent reservation for BC (E) which is for backward Muslim communities.
" The demand for reservation in Delhi University is unjust.
Chief minister strongly refuted the allegations of the BJP that his government was giving religion-based reservation and that it will be an injustice to the backward classes.
But the most common -- yet easiest to prevent -- reason why a reservation of rights letter may be declared inadequate is that the explanation provided to the insured of why coverage may not be owed for some claims or damages was not sufficiently specific to be adequate.
"Every year, travelers want to spend their vacation in a better resort so they continue to make their reservations earlier.
What begins as a visit to his reservation, Leech Lake, evolves into a forceful and memorable critique of the people and policies that contribute to the modern reality of reservation life throughout the United States.
OpenTable is a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants.
Royal Caribbean International is launching Daily Reservations, an online reservation system for guests enrolled in the My Time Dining program.
State the advantages and disadvantages of a reservation policy.
36 # 6 of Whispering Wind, is the caption for the cover photo of a Yakama dress collected on the "Jocko Reservation (Flathead Reservation), Western Montana....." there are no Yakama on this reservation only Flathead, Kalispell, Spokan, Upper Kalispell & Kutenai".
Tickets: $65 member; $75 nonmember (advance reservation only--all tickets at door $85).
The Web page also features a list of worldwide room rates, policies, frequently asked questions and amenities as well as a section for making a room reservation online.
Flemming (a dedicated student of New Jersey history and archaeology) is the history of the Brotherton Indian reservation which existed from 1758 to 1802 and was the only Indian reservation every established within the state of New Jersey.