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carte blanche

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Definition complete freedom or authority to act
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • He's been given carte blanche on this mission.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • 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
  • 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
  • I only ask you to give me carte blanche.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • 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
  • What you are requesting is carte blanche access.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • With investigative carte blanche in all matters of national security, the OS had a long and potent reach.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • 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
  • You have carte blanche.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • I have taken from you one CARTE BLANCHE to give you another.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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