unrestricted freedom or authority:
They gave the decorator a free hand.
unrestricted freedom to act (esp in the phrase give (someone) a free hand)
adjective, adverb freehand
(done) by hand without the use of guiding instruments: a freehand drawing
of drawing, from 1848; see free (adj.) + 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.
[free-hahr-tid] /ˈfriˈhɑr tɪd/ adjective 1. light-hearted; spontaneous; frank; generous. adjective 1. frank and spontaneous; open; generous
An organisation offering a repository of software and related information for high energy physics applications.
[free-hohld] /ˈfriˌhoʊld/ Law. 1. an estate in land, inherited or held for life. noun 2. a form of tenure by which an estate is held in fee simple, fee tail, or for life. adjective 3. pertaining to, of the nature of, or held by freehold. [free-hohld] /ˈfriˌhoʊld/ noun 1. a town in E New Jersey: […]
[free-hohl-der] /ˈfriˌhoʊl dər/ noun 1. the owner of a . 2. (in some U.S. counties) a registered voter who owns local property and has been a local resident for a specified length of time. /ˈfriːˌhəʊldə/ noun 1. (property law) a person in possession of a freehold building or estate in land