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write (one's) (own) ticket

To have the means, ability, or empowerment to decide one's own terms or course of action. Students who specialize in computer programming have been able to write their tickets in the economy for the last several years, as demand has continued to outpace supply for skilled employees in this field. The movie star began writing her own tickets after she exploded in popularity in the early 2000s.
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write one's own ticket

Set one's own conditions or course of action according to one's wishes or needs. For example, This generous grant lets recipients write their own tickets. This term uses ticket in the sense of "something entitling the holder to a privilege." [Colloquial; 1920s]
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write your (own) ticket

dictate your own terms. North American informal
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write (one's) own ticket

To set one's own terms or course of action entirely according to one's own needs or wishes: an open-ended and generous scholarship that lets recipients write their own ticket.
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Edewaard emphasized that the police union "has never told guys to not go out and write tickets" in protest of the oversight system.
"We're not out here to write tickets and generate revenue," Kamkar said.
Both agency representatives said Coburg would be able to keep its own police cars, and that the sheriff's office or Junction City police would be willing to write tickets into Coburg Municipal Court.
Objectives: The main objective, as reported on local news, was "not to write tickets but to educate the public." Given the tactics employed, almost 200 citations were issued.
"We're going to be out there to write tickets," he said.
That, Prozanski said, gives Hudson an incentive to shore up the city's budget by assigning one of his officers to write tickets on busy I-5, and then directing the alleged violator to the city's court.
Perhaps we could send the Eugene police to Portland to write tickets once a month to help pay for the West Eugene Parkway.