carte blanche

\ˈkärt-ˈbläⁿsh, -ˈblänch\
plural cartes blanches\ˈkärt(s)- \

Definition of carte blanche 

: full discretionary (see discretion sense 1a) power was given carte blanche to furnish the house

Examples of carte blanche in a Sentence

We gave the decorator carte blanche to furnish the house.

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Lin has had similar creative carte blanche at the 17 previous editions of the festival. George Varga,, "SummerFest music director Cho-Liang 'Jimmy' Lin will bow out with poise and panache," 10 June 2018 The new superbody has carte blanche to rewrite the country’s constitution and expand his executive powers. Alex Ward, Vox, "We need to talk about the fact that Trump seriously considered invading Venezuela," 6 July 2018 Dodd, however, rejected the idea that his bill would give the companies carte blanche to spend money, or straight-jacket the utilities commission. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "California wildfire bill could lead to overspending, group warns," 16 Apr. 2018 The law has led to 1,001,000 undocumented immigrants receiving licenses as of March 31 but doesn't give the licensees carte blanche to drive outside of California or fly across state or federal borders. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "More than a million undocumented immigrants have received California driver's licenses | The Sacramento Bee," 4 Apr. 2018 While Saudi Arabia may have dodged a bullet, the political climate in Congress is moving in a hostile direction for the kingdom - and another, more moderate bill aimed at curbing carte blanche U.S. support for the war in Yemen remains on the table., "Saudi Arabia faces strong headwind in Congress over Yemen," 27 Mar. 2018 One of the amazing things about Pixar is that the animators have full carte blanche to create. Kathryn Shattuck, New York Times, "Holly Hunter Stretches Into Her Superhero Powers," 19 June 2018 In essence, the exculpatory story is that the president hands out hush money so readily that his attorney has carte blanche to cut six-figure payoff checks on his behalf without checking with the client. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s Stormy Daniels tweets show how easy he is to blackmail," 3 May 2018 As such, drug companies have carte blanche to raise prices on their key products year after year, even though the medicines aren’t actually achieving anything new. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "3 Key Lessons From Trump's Drug Price Feud With Pfizer," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of carte blanche

1751, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carte blanche

French, literally, blank document

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English Language Learners Definition of carte blanche

: permission to do something in any way you choose to do it

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