a free rein






a free rein

complete freedom of action or expression

The image here is of loosening grip on the reins of a horse, allowing it to choose its own course and pace, in contrast to the greater.


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for free

without cost or payment

free of charge – informal

1957 - Godfrey Smith - The Friends - Back home we pay if we're ill. You don't expect to be ill for free.




free and easy

informal and relaxed




free gratis and for nothing

without charge – humorous




it is a free country

said when asserting that a course of action is not illegal or forbidden often in justification of it




make free with

treat without ceremony or proper respect

take liberties with




there is no such thing as a free lunch

you never get something for nothing

any benefit received has eventually to be paid for

1996 - Washington Times - Europeans are now learning some hard facts of life about socialized medicine. There's no such thing as a free lunch.




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