free hand

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free hand

Freedom to do or decide as one sees fit.

free hand

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′

unrestricted freedom or authority.



1. drawn or executed by hand without guiding instruments, measurements, or other aids: a freehand map.
2. in a freehand manner: to draw freehand.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: 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
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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.
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.
Simultaneously my free hand shot out for the black throat, just within reach, and the ebony finger tightened on the trigger.
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.
I'm inclined to give Hastings a free hand, though I should prefer to wait a bit.
He lay upon his back with one arm doubled under him, and according to his own belief had hardly stirred since he fell, except that he had moved his free hand to a side pocket, in which he remembered to have some bread and meat (of which he had swallowed crumbs), and had likewise scooped up a little water in it now and then.
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.
With his free hand, Billy drew back the linen robe and helped her to a place beside him.
I tried to raise my free hand to take a second hold above my first, but the change of position that resulted caused me to slip more rapidly toward the end of the rope.
Besides, I want a free hand - a freer hand than it would be perhaps advisable to give Chief Inspector Heat.
He returned to the free hand of Skipper that resumed its caressing.
My free hand I held above my head, palm out, in token of the peacefulness of my mission.