free rein

noun
unhampered freedom of movement, choice, or action: Students have free rein to choose their own class schedules.

Origin:
1950–55

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Example sentences
He is warning against giving our unconscious decisions free rein.
His convoy had free rein on the highways, which had been cleared for utility
  vehicles.
However, the urban portion does not give hunters free rein to hunt anywhere in
  an urban county.
He will surmise that he has free rein to rebuild his arsenal of destruction.
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