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take liberties

Behave improperly or disrespectfully; also, make unwanted sexual advances. For example, He doesn't allow staff members to take liberties, such as calling clients by their first names, or She decided that if Jack tried to take liberties with her she would go straight home. This idiom uses liberties in the sense of “an overstepping of propriety,” and thus differs markedly from take the liberty of [ c. 1700 ]
Make a statement or take an action not warranted by the facts or circumstances, as in Their book takes liberties with the historical record.
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  • Still another musician who delights to take liberties with his score is the towhee bunting, or chewink.

    Birds in the Bush Bradford Torrey
  • You know that it does not do to take liberties in a position like mine.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • It is not so, however, for there is enough and to spare of men who think that they are geniuses, and take liberties accordingly.

  • I'll take liberties with it, for, without doubt, our host will not object.

    The Young Cavalier Percy F. Westerman
  • You have a fine constitution, and think that you can take liberties with it; but some day it will pay you, mark my words!

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • Keep company with no man who presumes to take liberties with a lady.

  • I ventured to ask; for Gaetà was so frank about her affairs that one was sometimes led inadvertently to take liberties.

    The Princess Passes Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  • You must be careful not to allow any one to take liberties with you.

    A Plucky Girl L. T. Meade
  • He's beginning to take liberties with what he thinks is his reputation.'

    The Light That Failed Rudyard Kipling

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