Word Origin See more synonyms for free hand on Thesaurus.com unrestricted freedom or authority: They gave the decorator a free hand. Origin of free hand
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British Dictionary definitions for free hand unrestricted freedom to act (esp in the phrase give ( someone) a free hand) adjective, adverb freehand (done) by hand without the use of guiding instruments a freehand drawing
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Idioms and Phrases with free hand
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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