When you give someone free rein, you are giving them complete control and freedom.
When you have free rein over a situation, you have no limitations or rules, you can do what you want.
Examples of English Idiom – “To Have/Give Free Rein”
1. When I was younger, my parents gave me free rein to do what I wanted on the weekend, but in the week they had very strict rules.
2. I have hired a hairdresser to cut my hair. I didn’t know what to do so I have given her free rein to cut it how she wants. I hope she does a good job!
3. The boss was away from work so the staff had free rein to do what they felt like. They watched TV all day and didn’t do any work! It was terrible!
4. My boss wasn’t in work today so I had free rein to do what I wanted. It was great fun!
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