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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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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.
See also: go, off, reservation

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.
See also: make, reservation

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.
See also: off, reservation

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

 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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Reservationists and point-of-delivery staff also may have to do some consultative selling with customers who need a lot of advice before purchasing a travel commodity.
At some point, the reservationist repeats what has been booked and goes over the pricing.
After the reservation has been confirmed, the reservationist gives the counselor four items of information.
After the PTA form is completed and payment has been collected, the travel counselor must telephone the validating airline, identify himself and his agency, ask the airline reservationist to pull the record (retrieve the PNR), and give the reservationist the PTA number.
and the reservationist informs the guest that a reservation has been made at 6:00 P.M.
When making a cruise reservation by phone, the reservationist asks for a time preference.
Cruise, air, and tour reservationists often must clarify a caller's destination needs.
Brochure and reservation sheet in hand, the agent gives the reservationist all the information requested.
Proehl began his theatre-management career in 1984 at the Guthrie as a box-office reservationist and accounting assistant.
For example: A travel agent convinces a client to upgrade to an ocean front room instead of a standard room; a salesperson at a special event sells a weekend pass instead of a single event ticket; a reservationist for an airline or railway sells a tour or hotel accommodations in conjunction with a transportation ticket.
"There are a lot of last-minute bookings," says reservationist Rebecca Bates.
She has worked as a front desk supervisor and reservationist in four and five-star hotels.
"Whenever you're booking a flight on either Continental or Northwest--or any international flight," say Briley and Stoltz, "ask the reservationist or travel agent whether the itinerary involves a code-share (according to the DOT, 30 percent fail to disclose this, although required to by law).
reservationist, room cleaner, or any other position probably will
The reservationist can not only sell a room in one location for one hotel but can offer hotel rooms for every night at every location the traveler will visit.