take liberties

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take liberties

1. To act disrespectfully or inappropriately. You're too friendly with your subordinates—that's why they take liberties with you. If he tries to take liberties with you, leave immediately.
2. To alter something (especially by making it inaccurate or untrue) in order to benefit from it or accommodate one's own needs or interests. I didn't slander you—the paper took liberties with what I said.
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take liberties

1. Behave improperly or disrespectfully; also, make unwanted sexual advances. For example, He doesn't allow staff members to take liberties, such as calling clients by their first names , or She decided that if Jack tried to take liberties with her she would go straight home. This idiom uses liberties in the sense of "an overstepping of propriety," and thus differs markedly from take the liberty of. [c. 1700]
2. Make a statement or take an action not warranted by the facts or circumstances, as in Their book takes liberties with the historical record.
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take liberties

1 behave in an unduly familiar manner towards a person. 2 treat something freely, without strict faithfulness to the facts or to an original.
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take ˈliberties (with somebody/something)

be more free with somebody/something than you should be: The translator has taken too many liberties with this. The original meaning is lost.He uses our phone without asking, which I think is taking liberties.
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References in classic literature ?
said Meg reprovingly, as she settled her cuffs and smoothed her hair, with which the wind had taken liberties.
Daylight knew that he had taken liberties with himself.
The courts have also taken liberties in interpreting the DoJ's intent and have, in certain instances, required a standard despite no due process for what is required.
For too long, these self-styled 'consumer champions' have taken liberties with a trusting public.
In their now well-established career, they have taken liberties with The Bible: The Complete Word of God (decidedly unauthorised version), The Complete History of America and something many opera lovers might just be grateful for, a half-hour version of Richard Wagner's operatic Ring Cycle.
Moyes has not taken liberties with his squad and all the big guns, including the returning Yakubu, were on the flight yesterday.
So far, both the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly have taken liberties.
Nevertheless an out-of-control federal judiciary has taken liberties with the Constitution to recast the document as they would have it become, a process which its proponents call an evolving, "living" Constitution.
Contemporary New Zealand jewelry designers have taken liberties with their jade necklace patterns, creating pendants featuring different animals, symbols, and abstract patterns.
Ian Wade, defending, said: "He is not really wicked but has taken liberties with his grandmother's property.
Haas has taken liberties to change the mounted men on the clock to represent New York's police force as a small tribute to the city.
Lewis and Peacock have taken liberties with a few recipes--their version of Frogmore Stew, for example, is a bit more sophisticated than the conventional preparation practiced in the South Carolina Low Country.
The more I researched, I realized they hadn't taken liberties, especially with her wild days or her dark moments.
That McGinniss or Stone - or Shakespeare, for that matter - has taken liberties with the facts in his recreation of historic characters and events is not, then, what makes their work most problematic.
Whether it's a sitting president when I was an impeachment manager, or a Republican president who has taken liberties with adherence to the law, to me the standard is the same," Barr told the Post.