take liberties with (someone or something)

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take liberties with (someone or something)

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.
See also: liberty, take

take liberties with someone or something

 and make free with someone or something
to freely use or abuse someone or something. You are overly familiar with me, Mr. Jones. One might think you were taking liberties with me. I don't like it when you make free with my lawn mower. You should at least ask when you want to borrow it.
See also: liberty, take
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This embarrassing situation should have been foreseen when they took liberties with our personal freedoms and broke the law.
BRIAN O'NEIL He wasn't the biggest, but few opponents took liberties with the 'Bedlington Terrier'.
At the Liberty Stadium, the afrohaired Belgian took liberties with reality by saying he had nodded a pass to Victor Anichebe for the first of Everton's three goals.
Being different for their faith became a bind so they became, at best apathetic, and at worst, perverse, for some took liberties with their interpretation of God's word.
In his defence, his barrister, Daniel Williams, had told the jury that the complainants in the case 'took liberties with the truth'.
"They took liberties with the UN but learned not to mess with the British," he said.