free hand


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free hand

n.
Freedom to do or decide as one sees fit.

free hand

n
unrestricted freedom to act (esp in the phrase give (someone) a free hand)
adj, adv, freehand
(done) by hand without the use of guiding instruments: a freehand drawing.

free′ hand′


n.
unrestricted freedom or authority.
[1925–30]

free•hand

(ˈfriˌhænd)

adj.
1. drawn or executed by hand without guiding instruments, measurements, or other aids: a freehand map.
adv.
2. in a freehand manner: to draw freehand.
[1860–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.free hand - freedom to do as you see fit; "many have doubts about giving him a free hand to attack"
freedom - the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints
Translations
carte blanchechamp libre
References in classic literature ?
If I had a free hand for ten minutes, there'd be two Cabinet Ministers eating bread and water instead of their dinners to-night.
Simultaneously my free hand shot out for the black throat, just within reach, and the ebony finger tightened on the trigger.
Turned out for Sunday by his uncle's tailor, who had had a free hand and a notion of pretty waistcoats and of his grand little air, Miles's whole title to independence, the rights of his sex and situation, were so stamped upon him that if he had suddenly struck for freedom I should have had nothing to say.
He ha- rangued his fellows, pushing against their chests with his free hand.
He brought the clenched fist of his free hand down in two blows, rat-tat, on Michael's paws.
She put her free hand up to his shoulder, and then against his cheek, rubbing it softly.
My woman, my one small woman," I said, my free hand petting her shoulder in the way all lovers know though never learn in school.
Our pursuer, however, was on the steps when I clapped my free hand on top of those little white straining ones, and by a timely effort bent both them and the key round together; the ward shot home as Jose hurled himself against the door.
The man with whom Professor Maxon had grappled had no opportunity to use his weapons for the crazed man held him close with one encircling arm while he tore and struck at him with his free hand.
Rebecca, given a free hand for the only time in her life, dashed upstairs like a whirlwind.
Saying this he again turned round, dropped his hands, took the bottle and lifted it to his lips, threw back his head, and raised his free hand to balance himself.
Captain Van Horn snuggled him closer in his arm with a caress of his free hand.