What is free rein?

  • (noun): The removal of constraints.
    Example: "He gave free rein to his impulses"
    Synonyms: play

Famous quotes containing the words rein and/or free:

    Ignorant free speech often works against the speaker. That is one of several reasons why it must be given rein instead of suppressed.
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1952)

    The current flows fast and furious. It issues in a spate of words from the loudspeakers and the politicians. Every day they tell us that we are a free people fighting to defend freedom. That is the current that has whirled the young airman up into the sky and keeps him circulating there among the clouds. Down here, with a roof to cover us and a gasmask handy, it is our business to puncture gasbags and discover the seeds of truth.
    Virginia Woolf (1882–1941)