freehand

[ free-hand ]
/ ˈfriˌhænd /

adjective

drawn or executed by hand without guiding instruments, measurements, or other aids: a freehand map.

adverb

in a freehand manner: to draw freehand.

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Origin of freehand

First recorded in 1860–65; free + hand

Definition for freehand (2 of 2)

free hand

noun

unrestricted freedom or authority: They gave the decorator a free hand.

Origin of free hand

First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for freehand

free hand

noun

unrestricted freedom to act (esp in the phrase give (someone) a free hand)

adjective, adverb freehand

(done) by hand without the use of guiding instrumentsa freehand drawing
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Idioms and Phrases with freehand

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.

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