free/full rein

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of free/full rein

: the opportunity to act freely
  • The studio gave the director free rein over the movie.
  • Give full rein to your imagination.

Word by Word Definitions

free play
  1. : not costing or charging anything

  2. : having the legal and political rights of a citizen

  3. : enjoying civil and political liberty

  1. : in a free manner

  2. : without charge

  3. : with the wind more than six points from dead ahead

  1. : to cause to be free

  2. : to relieve or rid of what restrains, confines, restricts, or embarrasses

  3. : disentangle, clear

full play
  1. : containing as much or as many as is possible or normal

  2. : complete especially in detail, number, or duration

  3. : lacking restraint, check, or qualification

  1. : very, extremely

  2. : entirely

  3. : straight, squarely

  1. : the highest or fullest state or degree

  2. : the utmost extent

  1. : to become full

  2. : to make full in sewing

  1. : to shrink and thicken (woolen cloth) by moistening, heating, and pressing

rein play
  1. : a strap fastened to a bit by which a rider or driver controls an animal

  2. : a restraining influence : check

  3. : controlling or guiding power

  1. : to control or direct with or as if with reins

  2. : to check or stop by or as if by a pull at the reins

  3. : to submit to the use of reins


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