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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
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • As far as Im concerned you have free rein, but dont drag me into it in any way.

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

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • "No," I answered, wondering what he could be aiming at, but willing to give him a free rein.

    Gordon Craig Randall Parrish
  • Dacie and Lyman are clever men and I have given them a free rein as to money.

    Walter and the Wireless Sara Ware Bassett
  • To give it too free rein means madness with no less devastation.

    Happiness and Marriage Elizabeth (Jones) Towne
Idioms and Phrases with free rein

free rein

see: free hand
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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