carte blanche

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n carte blanche complete freedom or authority to act
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Carte blanche A blank paper, with a person's signature, etc., at the bottom, given to another person, with permission to superscribe what conditions he pleases. Hence: Unconditional terms; unlimited authority.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. OF. carte, paper + -blanc, blanche, white. See 1st Card

Usage

In literature:

When he had first come to the house, Miss Vaughan explained, he had been given carte-blanche in this suite of rooms.
"The Gloved Hand" by Burton E. Stevenson
He had carte blanche in the matter of expense, and of course selected all his own underlings.
"The Empty House And Other Ghost Stories" by Algernon Blackwood
Fancy dress had been decided on, and as it was to be only among ourselves we were given carte blanche as to ideas.
"Fanny Goes to War" by Pat Beauchamp
You give me carte-blanche to act?
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
You will, of course, have carte blanche in all respects.
"With Wolfe in Canada" by G. A. Henty
Nothing appeared too gaudy to meet the tastes of the enemy airmen, who seemed to have been given carte blanche with the paint brush.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
Carte Blanche, Carte Blanche, Carte Blanche!
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
We give you carte blanche!
"The Jolliest School of All" by Angela Brazil
Suitable equipments must, of course, be part of the carte blanche.
"The Fortunes of the Farrells" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
There was just a little too much carte blanche about it.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
At all events, she gave me carte blanche to publish the results of my observations.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
I'll give you carte-blanche.
"Against Odds" by Lawrence L. Lynch
President Grant had given him carte blanche in this matter; he was sure that he could keep his promises.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
A little touch of that carte blanche that Mr. Duncan ordered for the crew of the Johnnie Duncan, Billie, will you?
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
She gave him literal carte blanche, but not to gratify herself or him.
"At Large" by E. W. Hornung
M. Thiers had sworn by the law, and he gave the army carte-blanche.
"History of the Commune of 1871" by P. Lissagary
I'm not one of those who give their friends carte blanche to sin.
"The Letters of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
Mr. Blair, when you gave me the Hargreave job you gave me carte blanche.
"The Million Dollar Mystery" by Harold MacGrath
Carte blanche must be shown by counting the cards, one by one, face upward, on the table.
"Hoyle's Games Modernized"
He gave us carte blanche to make it mean anything that would fit into the rest of the story.
"Peeps at People" by John Kendrick Bangs
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In news:

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts have announced a partnership with the top-rate Carte Blanche restaurant, which will have Chef Dennis van Daatselaar preparing a five-course "chef surprise" meal for guests.
Locarno Film Fest Announces Carte Blanche Titles.
I never gave ' carte blanche ' to MMJ.
Does Assad think he has carte blanche now.
" Carte Blanche ," Jeffery Deaver's James Bond novel.
Daniel Craig as Ian Flemming's James Bond 007 in… " Carte Blanche ".
I never gave 'carte blanche' to MMJ.
"Carte Blanche," Jeffery Deaver's James Bond novel.
One of the great things about being Bill Murray is that Bill Murray has carte blanche to do whatever he wants whenever he wants.
"It is carte blanche for a war on the world," the columnist wrote.
I was hired as the lighting designer, but the production gave me carte blanche for the production design.
Coquitlam's Carte Blanche customizable for buyers.
Carte Blanche is a development consisting of 16 homes in the Burke Mountain neighbourhood of Coquitlam.
Carte Blanche has signed U.K.-based In Phase International for Me to You branded consumer electronics.
" Carte Blanche," Jeffery Deaver's James Bond novel.
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