New Words : carte blanche

14. carte blanche :

noun :

1) unconditional authority; full discretionary power

2) a sheet of paper that is blank except for a signature and given by the signer to another person to write in what he or she pleases

3) Cards : a hand having no face card but with a special scoring value, as in piquet

Carte blanche is French for blank card meaning one that can be filled in as a person wishes.

  • I gave the contractor carte blanche to modernize the kitchen.

  • The prime minister herself did not take any action on the refugee issue but gave her minister of the interior carte blanche to deal with the situation

    Related Forms :

    cartes blanches : noun - plural

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