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roving commission

authority or power given in a general area, without precisely defined terms of reference
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  • My hesitancy resulted in writing for a roving commission to represent The Tribune in the Southwest.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • First, because "I have no roving commission to conquer Asia Minor."

  • It was a roving commission, and for two months Trent followed his luck.

    The Woman in Black Edmund Clerihew Bentley
  • I intend to give you a roving commission as my minister in general.'

  • "Our patient wants a roving commission," said the physician to himself.

  • His was in the nature of a roving commission, and yet he must not rove too far.

    The Hosts of the Air Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Baden-Powell now had what one might term a roving commission.

  • He went this time with a roving commission from the government, and authority to make treaties with the local chieftains.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • I have got a roving commission, Petrie, and it doesn't rest with me where I am to-day nor where I shall be to-morrow.

  • The Southern Cross touched at several islands, for the captain had a roving commission, to go where he thought best.

    Washed Ashore W.H.G. Kingston

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