take liberties

idiom

1
disapproving : to make important changes to something
usually + with
I think the movie takes too many liberties with the original story.
2
old-fashioned : to be informal and friendly toward someone in a way that is not proper
usually + with
He was accused of taking liberties with several young women.

Examples of take liberties in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s why the show, directed by Oliver Hermanus, can take liberties with Mary, who was not quite the architect of George’s life portrayed in the show. Anne Thompson, IndieWire, 17 June 2024 But Jane Austen adaptations take liberties all the time. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 27 July 2022 Directly after The Slaughterhouse Cases, the court began to interpret the idea that liberty could not be taken away without due process to mean that the government couldn’t take liberties away unreasonably — and hence substantive due process was born. Kenji Yoshino, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2022 The various adaptations take liberties that push them in various storytelling directions. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 1 June 2022 Some keyboards take liberties with the traditional layouts. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 28 Mar. 2022 Did the artist who carved the cross also take liberties, which only informed Nahuas would grasp? Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2021 Books are often better than their movie adaptations, and movies take liberties. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 23 Dec. 2021 Brace yourself with the occasional face mask where required, but take liberties in the rest of your outfit. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 10 June 2021

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“Take liberties.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20liberties. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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