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Carte blanche  n.  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.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Carte blanche" Quotes from Famous Books

... his expectations,—for his wife, on the death of her brother, had become sole heiress of the Descoings,—rushed to Paris, not so much to be present at the wedding as to see that the marriage contract was drawn to suit him. The ardent and disinterested love of citizen Bridau gave carte blanche to the perfidious doctor, who made the most of his son-in-law's blindness, as the following history ...
— The Two Brothers • Honore de Balzac

... entertainers exerted themselves to keep him out of the way of temptation and help him to conquer the thirst for intoxicating drink, Mrs. Travilla giving Sally carte blanche to go into the kitchen and prepare him a cup of strong coffee ...
— Elsie's children • Martha Finley

... late O.H. Rothacker, one of the ablest and most versatile writers in the country, was at the head of its editorial staff, and Fred J.V. Skiff, now head of the Field Columbian Museum, was its business manager. These men, with Field, were given carte blanche to surround themselves with a staff and news-gathering equipment to make the Tribune "hum." And they did make it hum, so that the humming was heard far beyond the borders of ...
— Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions - Vol. I • Slason Thompson

... carte blanche for the arrangement of the evening trip to the guide who materialised serenely, all smiles and extreme deference. Bathed, and fed, she had her hair brushed for half an hour by her ayah; refused the offer ...
— Leonie of the Jungle • Joan Conquest

... sympathy with it—that I shall always be. I don't know that I shall ever be ill-natured with old people—I hope not; there are certainly some old people I adore. But I shall never be anything but abject with the young; they touch me and appeal to me too much. I give you carte blanche then; you can even be impertinent if you like; I shall let it pass and horribly spoil you. I speak as if I were a hundred years old, you say? Well, I am, if you please; I was born before the French Revolution. Ah, my dear, je viens de loin; I belong ...
— The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1 (of 2) • Henry James

... consults him about all these things; gives him carte blanche to invite whom he likes and order what he likes, and trusts ...
— A Sappho of Green Springs • Bret Harte

... many civilities by letter, and myself having been benefitted by such correspondence, in the possession of a large paper copy of his first edition—of which he was pleased to make me a present, and of which only twenty copies were struck off. I told him that I had given Charles Lewis a carte blanche for its binding, and that I would back his skill—the result of such an order—against any binding at that time visible in any quarter of Paris! Mons. B. could not, in his heart, have considered any ...
— A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two • Thomas Frognall Dibdin

Words linked to "Carte blanche" :   potency, authorization, say-so, authorisation, authority, dominance

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