free rein

noun

Definition of free rein

: unrestricted liberty of action or decision

Examples of free rein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With more access points exposed to the internet, a system’s VPN can become compromised and give unauthorized users free rein to roam and access vulnerable areas and information throughout the network. Nick Dearden, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Alternatively, perhaps asynchronous working – as advocated by remote-first organizations like Gitlabs – is the way forward, where employees will have free rein over their location and hours. David Morel, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Imagine for a moment that a free-market economist gets free rein to design a model for professional golf. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 18 June 2022 Often, it’s one or more abusive managers or employees that have been allowed free rein to belittle and mistreat others. Lynne Curry | Alaska Workplace, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Jan. 2022 Successful people can support and inspire others, but only if we are given free rein to talk about our choices, lives and lessons with anyone and everyone. Kathryn Porritt, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Parental controls like those Meta debuted are a good start, a sign that parents across the political spectrum are increasingly aware of the risks of giving kids free rein on the internet. Jason Thacker, The Week, 29 Mar. 2022 But some logistics experts say that cooperation between shipping companies has ended up reducing competition and concentrating market power, indirectly giving them more free rein to dictate prices and schedules. New York Times, 21 Mar. 2022 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration probe made public Monday is the latest sign that U.S. authorities are beginning to scrutinize driver-assistance technologies more closely after largely giving companies free rein. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, 16 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of free rein

1640, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

2 Aug 2022

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“Free rein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free%20rein. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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