Idioms

Origin of free

before 900; Middle English fre, Old English frēo; cognate with Gothic freis, Old High German frī (German frei), Dutch vrij, Sanskrit priyá- dear. Cf. friend, Friday

Related forms

Synonym study

39. See release.
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British Dictionary definitions for make free with

Derived Forms

freer, nounfreely, adverbfreeness, noun

Word Origin for free

Old English frēo; related to Old Saxon, Old High German frī, Gothic freis free, Sanskrit priya dear
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Idioms and Phrases with make free with (1 of 2)

make free with


Take liberties with, treat very familiarly, as in That reporter makes free with the truth, or It's best not to make free with one's employees. This term was first recorded in 1714.

Idioms and Phrases with make free with (2 of 2)

free


In addition to the idioms beginning with free

  • free agent
  • free and clear
  • free and easy
  • free as a bird
  • free enterprise
  • free fall
  • free hand
  • free lunch
  • free rein

also see:

  • breathe easy (freely)
  • feel free
  • footloose and fancy-free
  • for free
  • get off (scot-free)
  • home free
  • make free with
  • of one's own accord (free will)
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