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A chill snaked down her spine, but she shook her head, just as a guard entered and told them that Brullo had ordered them to have free rein of the training hall today and to practice what they wanted.
Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  an idiom indicating that one can act free of constraints
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  • A chill snaked down her spine, but she shook her head, just as a guard entered and told them that Brullo had ordered them to have free rein of the training hall today and to practice what they wanted.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Didn’t you say that the whole affair had been bungled, and that you should have been given a free rein from the first?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • I’ve given you free rein, always.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Let’em have free rein, they’d find him quick enough!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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  • I wanted to marry you and protect you and give you a free rein in anything that would make you happy—just as I did Bonnie.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Meanwhile, furious at these goings on, Ned Land gave free rein to his indignation.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The old woman who had lived there had refused to leave, but Capricorn wouldn’t tolerate prying eyes so close to his new hideout and gave his followers free rein.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Fishermen sometimes shot duck loads at them, but for the most part the gulls were given free rein on the docks; their gray white droppings stained everything.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • These might form a certain image or pattern—at least, if we give our imagination free rein.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But when it was indispensable she would, with sorrow in her heart, give free rein to a character of solid iron.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera

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  • Is this your way of taking it out on me, giving free rein to these young men? I might as well-might better-see my treasure and livestock taken over by you all; then, if you fed on them, I’d have some remedy, and when we met, in public, in the town, I’d press my claim; you might make restitution.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Unlike Hall, who insisted that our group stay together while climbing above Base Camp, under the close watch of the guides, Fischer believed in giving his clients free rein to go up and down the mountain independently during the acclimatization period.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Mr. Peale had given him a free rein to wander and enjoy himself after being cooped up in the house.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • She’d given us free rein of the place after she’d shown us our rooms and stuff.
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • The scenes depicted on the emunctory field, showing our ancient duns and raths and cromlechs and grianauns and seats of learning and maledictive stones, are as wonderfully beautiful and the pigments as delicate as when the Sligo illuminators gave free rein to their artistic fantasy long long ago in the time of the Barmecides.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • That year, Robben Island’s commanding officer was Colonel Van Aarde, a rather amiable, harmless fellow who allowed us free rein.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Only with Sula did that quality have free rein, but their friendship was so close, they themselves had difficulty distinguishing one’s thoughts from the other’s.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • I did not tell her that they had promised to give me a device which would open the Time Tombs and allow the Shrike free rein… CEO Gladstone had long talks with me.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • And with a sinking of her daring spirit she let the horses have free rein.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • As a member of the Red Branch, however, he had free rein of the Archives.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • If I were given free rein, dominion over her body, I knew I’d discover it by instinct.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Besides, her horse was mettlesome, thoroughly aroused, and he wanted a free rein and his own way.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • We also have a contract which explicitly gives me free rein to make the editorial changes I deem necessary.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Feamster gave me free rein to interview his employees in private and to poke around his business for as long as I liked.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • We rarely are allowed to give free rein to our competitive natures, though they live in us just as strongly as they do in men.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Some believe it’s a carryover from the old days of the Kennedy heritage in Ireland, where the leader of a clan commonly had free rein to sleep with women outside of marriage.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • He let Night have a free rein and felt him lengthen out to suit himself, knowing he would keep to Black Star’s course, knowing that he had been chosen by the best rider now on the upland sage.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • So he kept his place, and gave the four free rein, and called to them in soothing voice, trying merely to guide them round the dangerous turn; and before the fever of the people began to abate, he had back the mastery.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • But, as she did every night, Blanca had locked her door and slipped out the window in the direction of the river The last few days before returning to the city, her summer passion took on a dramatic quality, and with a new separation imminent, the two young people seized every possible opportunity to give free rein to their desires.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Just give your native harmlessness free rein—that will please him best.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Gunners aboard American helicopters have free rein to open fire on the peasants who turn and run when they see Hueys come sweeping in over the treetops.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • He still regretted teaching him so much, for Capricorn loved to give fire free rein, catching it again only when it had eaten its fill of crops and stables, houses and anything that couldn’t run fast enough.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • The fairy tale gave the writer free rein to exploit his ’universe-creating imagination.’
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Perhaps he was trying to give himself free rein, so that whatever happened in the end would come as a surprise to him too.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But this much I’ll tell you, Castorp, if you start making a scene, raise a hue and cry and give your civilian feelings free rein, I’ll hand you your walking papers.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • A free rein at last.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • She had been advised that this would be her priority for the foreseeable future, and she had been given more or less free rein to shape her operational team and make the necessary decisions.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • …did enjoy sweet melodies from their balconies, and three or four of the chairs in the arcade were occupied; but the majority of the guests sat at little white tables placed out on the covered porch, although frivolous and fashionable society, for whom sitting on chairs was apparently too respectable, took up a position on the stone steps leading down to the garden and gave free rein to merriment—youthful patients of both sexes, most of whose faces or names Hans Castorp knew by now.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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