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carte blanche

You have carte blanche.
Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  complete freedom or authority to act
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Translates literally as "blank check"; a check that has no numerical value written in, but is still signed. Just as one given such a check would have freedom to write a very high amount on it, one given "carte blanche" to act, is given a great degree of power.
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  • You have carte blanche.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • What you are requesting is carte blanche access.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • With their new carte blanche from the Vatican, the Knights Templar expanded at a staggering rate, both in numbers and political force, amassing vast estates in over a dozen countries.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • With investigative carte blanche in all matters of national security, the OS had a long and potent reach.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol

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  • I only ask you to give me carte blanche.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • His habitual absence emboldened the more brutal prison officials and gave them carte blanche to do whatever they wanted.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • I give you carte blanche then; you can even be impertinent if you like; I shall let it pass and horribly spoil you.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Both were of course too prudent to give up the fifteen hundred a year which was brought in by the second seat (at this period filled by Mr. Quadroon, with carte blanche on the Slave question); indeed the family estate was much embarrassed, and the income drawn from the borough was of great use to the house of Queen’s Crawley.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He then most earnestly recommended to her ladyship to do him the honour of immediately mentioning his proposals to the family; to whom he said he offered a carte blanche, and would settle his fortune in almost any manner they should require.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • He’s been given carte blanche on this mission.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue

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  • But Stanton has just given Baker carte blanche to move in and take over the entire investigation.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • I give you carte blanche then; you can even be impertinent if you like; I shall let it pass and horribly spoil you.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • My grandfather has given me carte blanche for once, and I promise you the entertainment shall be worthy of the occasion.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Finally, they had given carte blanche to a former Soviet intelligence officer to commit crimes involving weapons, narcotics, and sex trafficking.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • To put our suspicions and true understanding of the matter into words—he had probably listened to Herr Settembrini for one purpose only: to be given carte blanche by his conscience, a license it had been unwilling to grant him at first.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Long distance, carte blanche, special deliveries.
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • All the way along d’Artagnan had been consulting with himself whether he should place confidence in M. de Treville, or whether he should only ask him to give him CARTE BLANCHE for some secret affair.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I had previously taken a journey to Sto purchase some new furniture: my cousins having given me CARTE BLANCHE to effect what alterations I pleased, and a sum having been set aside for that purpose.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • They’ve taken the Van Alstyne place at Roslyn, and I’ve got CARTE BLANCHE to bring my friends down there—the more the merrier.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • If I were Brooke, I would choke the ’Trumpet’ at once by getting Garth to make a new valuation of the farms, and giving him carte blanche about gates and repairs: that’s my view of the political situation," said the Rector, broadening himself by sticking his thumbs in his armholes, and laughing towards Mr. Brooke.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • You give me _carte blanche!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • So he sent off Amelia once more in a carriage to her mamma, with strict orders and carte blanche to the two ladies to purchase everything requisite for a lady of Mrs. George Osborne’s fashion, who was going on a foreign tour.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • I understand that you give me carte blanche to act for you, provided only that I get back the gems, and that you place no limit on the sum I may draw.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • How you act is none of my concern, but you do not have carte blanche.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • "And this carte blanche," said d’Artagnan, "this carte blanche, does it remain in her hands?"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • "And this carte blanche," said d’Artagnan, "this carte blanche, does it remain in her hands?"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I have taken from you one CARTE BLANCHE to give you another.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • In short, at the moment in which she has just obtained from Richelieu a carte blanche by the means of which she is about to take vengeance on her enemy, this precious paper is torn from her hands, and it is d’Artagnan who holds her prisoner and is about to send her to some filthy Botany Bay, some infamous Tyburn of the Indian Ocean.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • "Amen!" said Athos, "and we will return to that subject later, if such be your pleasure; but what for the moment engaged my attention most earnestly, and I am sure you will understand me, d’Artagnan, was the getting from this woman a kind of carte blanche which she had extorted from the cardinal, and by means of which she could with impunity get rid of you and perhaps of us."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Yes," he said, smiling to him as tenderly as a woman, "give me carte blanche, retire from the regiment, and I’ll draw you upwards imperceptibly."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • That was capital advice of yours, Irwine, about the dinners—to let them be as orderly and comfortable as possible, and only for the tenants: especially as I had only a limited sum after all; for though my grandfather talked of a carte blanche, he couldn’t make up his mind to trust me, when it came to the point."
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Just as I’m persuaded that you haven’t given me carte blanche to look at everything you have here at Säpo."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
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