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free rein

unhampered freedom of movement, choice, or action:
Students have free rein to choose their own class schedules.
Origin of free rein
First recorded in 1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This he could have done had he been able to give Rocket free rein.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • She made herself, in a way, hostess and her father gave her free rein.

    Laramie Holds the Range

    Frank H. Spearman
  • Dacie and Lyman are clever men and I have given them a free rein as to money.

    Walter and the Wireless Sara Ware Bassett
  • All this cost money, and a lot of it, but Brockton gave her free rein.

    The Easiest Way

    Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
  • His silence gave the girl a free rein to express her feelings.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
Idioms and Phrases with free rein

free rein

see: free hand
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