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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.


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