- unrestricted freedom or authority: They gave the decorator a free hand.
Origin of free hand
Examples from the Web for free-hand
There is a vast difference in the use of drawing tools and free-hand drawing.Carpentry for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
Principles of Proportion: Measurements by ruler and free-hand.The Making of a Trade School
Mary Schenck Woolman
She knows all the free-hand movements and the "Anvil Chorus" with the dumb-bells.Story of My Life
All free-hand designs are bound to show a difference in outline.The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft
Effie Archer Archer
Figs. 30–33 are free-hand drawings from magnified specimens.Studies in the Theory of Descent (Volumes 1 and 2)
- unrestricted freedom to act (esp in the phrase give (someone) a free hand)
- (done) by hand without the use of guiding instrumentsa freehand drawing
Word Origin and History for free-hand
Idioms and Phrases with free-hand
Also, free rein. Freedom to do or decide as one sees fit. For example, The teacher gave her assistant a free hand with the class, or They gave me free rein to reorganize the department. The first expression dates from the late 1800s, the second from the mid-1900s.