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Free reign or free rein?

FREE REIGN OR FREE REIN? It’s “rein.” Merriam Webster says it’s unre­stricted lib­erty of action or deci­sion.” The Cambridge Dictionary of Idioms says “free rein” is syn­ony­mous with “allow” and “give.”

If you give peo­ple, ideas, or emo­tions free rein, they are free to develop with­out the intru­sion of con­trol­ling ele­ments. Like the reins of a horse.


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