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free hand

noun absolute discretion, authority, blank check, carte blanche, complete liberty, discretion, every option, freedom, full authority, full delegated authority, full range, latitude, leeway, maneuvering space, total discretion, unbridled authority, unbridled discretion, unhampered authority
See also: latitude
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He said that the government has given complete free hand to law enforcing agencies to carry out their targeted action in the city to produce better results.
Syed Ali Gilani maintained that Indian government had given the criminal elements inside Tihar jail a free hand to unleash terror on the Kashmiri youth.
Alcohol hand sanitizers' active ingredient is ethyl alcohol, and alcohol free hand sanitizers' active ingredient is benzalkonium chloride.
While Taylor has a free hand for tomorrow night's friendly with Italy, he has already had discussions with Eriksson, who will be in Turin to deepen his hands-on involvement with the England team.
Stance: Three-point stance with hips slightly higher than the head, the feet slightly wider than shoulder-width, toe-to-heel relationship, inside hand down, ankles cocked, free hand hanging, and weight forward on the balls of the feet.
The joint venture partner will be offered a 26% stake and will have a free hand in running the airline.
One suspects, however, that he gave it a rather free hand, though Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld clearly has no patience for military pieties about civilian control.
Surgeons enjoy single-handed control of the entire endoscope camera system without having to rotate the camera in relation to the endoscope eyepiece, leaving a free hand for use with other instruments.
Enter Jake Grafton, who is given a free hand by the president to call on whoever he needs to track down and neutralise the weapons.
Then cover it with your free hand so it doesn't bounce out.
Harriman writes of the July 2004 General Accounting Office report which found that in the first nine months of the occupation, KBR was allowed a free hand in Iraq: a free hand to bill the Pentagon without worrying about spending limits or management oversight or paperwork.
He said: "The outcome of both championships has now been decided, so all the drivers will have a free hand.