free rein


Definition of free rein

: unrestricted liberty of action or decision

Examples of free rein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nine in the caucus now are from states where Republican governors would have free rein to fill vacancies. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 13 May 2021 But stylistically, users have free rein, which means that there’s little uniformity in style. Sophie Haigney, Curbed, 15 Apr. 2021 Still, not everyone is sold on letting YouTubers have free rein in their properties, since some agents believe that prospective buyers would prefer that their future homes not be splashed all over the internet. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2021 As Gordon Lafer, a labor policy expert at the University of Oregon observed, under the secret ballot system management had free rein to harass and coerce employees into rejecting the union. Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2021 Want to imagine life if the public-health oligarchy had free rein? Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2021 But until Facebook and Twitter ban accounts with clear CCP links, the party-state will continue to have free rein to assert its legitimacy before an international audience. Jimmy Quinn, National Review, 9 Apr. 2021 After the Tories won a landslide victory, Cummings had free rein to craft such policy. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 24 Mar. 2021 On the streets, emboldened local authorities appear to have free rein. Time, 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of free rein

1640, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2021

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“Free rein.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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