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free hand

noun
1.
unrestricted freedom or authority:
They gave the decorator a free hand.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for free hand
  • When you are finished counting, use your free hand and click to watch my video.
  • Clearly this regime is consumed by imperial fantasies and seeks a totally free hand in world politics.
  • The flagger should motion with the free hand for traffic to proceed.
  • The flagger shall motion with the free hand for road users to proceed.
British Dictionary definitions for free hand

free hand

noun
1.
unrestricted freedom to act (esp in the phrase give (someone) a free hand)
adjective, adverb freehand
2.
(done) by hand without the use of guiding instruments: a freehand drawing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with free hand

free hand

Also, free rein. Freedom to do or decide as one sees fit. For example, The teacher gave her assistant a free hand with the class, or They gave me free rein to reorganize the department. The first expression dates from the late 1800s, the second from the mid-1900s.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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