carte blanche


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carte blanche

 (kärt bläNsh′, blänch′, blănch′)
n. pl. cartes blanches (kärt bläNsh′, kärts blänch′, blănch′)
Unrestricted power to act at one's own discretion; unconditional authority: gave the contractor carte blanche to modernize the kitchen.

[French : carte, ticket + blanche, blank.]

carte blanche

(ˈkɑːt ˈblɑːntʃ; French kart blɑ̃ʃ)
n, pl cartes blanches (ˈkɑːts ˈblɑːntʃ; French kart blɑ̃ʃ)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) complete discretion or authority: the government gave their negotiator carte blanche.
2. (Card Games) cards a piquet hand containing no court cards: scoring ten points
[C18: from French: blank paper]

carte blanche

(ˈkɑrt ˈblɑntʃ, ˈblɑ̃ʃ)

n.
unconditional authority; full discretionary power.
[1645–55; < French: literally, blank document]

carte blanche

A French phrase literally meaning blank card, used to mean a free hand to do as you wish.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carte blanche - complete freedom or authority to act
authority, potency, authorization, authorisation, say-so, dominance - the power or right to give orders or make decisions; "he has the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given authorization to make arrests"; "a place of potency in the state"
Translations
avoir carte blanchecarte blanche

carte blanche

[ˌkɑːtˈblɑːntʃ] Ncarta f blanca
to give sb carte blanchedar carta blanca a algn

carte blanche

[ˌkɑːrtˈblɑːnʃ] n
to give sb carte blanche → donner carte blanche à qn
to give sb carte blanche to do sth → donner carter blanche à qn pour faire qch

carte blanche

n no plBlankovollmacht f; to give somebody carte blanchejdm Carte blanche f (geh)or eine Blankovollmacht geben

carte blanche

[ˈkɑːtˈblɑːntʃ] n to give sb carte blanchedare carta bianca a qn
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He gives me carte blanche in the matter, and, I verily believe, would throw in a blank check if asked.
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