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Definition an idiom indicating that one can act free of constraints
  • 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
  • I've given you free rein, always.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • 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
  • 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
  • Just give your native harmlessness free rein—that will please him best.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • And with a sinking of her daring spirit she let the horses have free rein.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Let'em have free rein, they'd find him quick enough!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • If I were given free rein, dominion over her body, I knew I'd discover it by instinct.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • 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
  • Besides, her horse was mettlesome, thoroughly aroused, and he wanted a free rein and his own way.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • 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
  • As a member of the Red Branch, however, he had free rein of the Archives.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • She'd given us free rein of the place after she'd shown us our rooms and stuff.
    James Patterson  --  School's Out - Forever
  • Meanwhile, furious at these goings on, Ned Land gave free rein to his indignation.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • These might form a certain image or pattern—at least, if we give our imagination free rein.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • Is this your way of taking it out on me, giving free rein to these young men?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • 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

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