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"free rein" in British English

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free rein

the freedom to do, say, or feel what you want: The young film-makers were given free rein to experiment with new themes and techniques. He deliberately gave his emotions free rein as he played the sonata.
(Definition of free rein from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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free reinnoun [U]

/ˈfri ˈreɪn/
freedom to act and make decisions without first getting permission: The young filmmakers were given free rein to experiment with new themes and techniques
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