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take the liberty of

Act on one's own authority without permission from another, as in I took the liberty of forwarding the mail to his summer address . It is also put as take the liberty to , as in He took the liberty to address the Governor by her first name . This rather formal locution was first recorded in 1625 and does not imply the opprobrium of the similar-sounding take liberties
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