One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Treat without ceremony or proper respect.‘he'll have something to say about your making free with his belongings’
help oneself to, take, take possession of, take over, hijack, appropriate, stealView synonyms
- ‘The opera does make free with history but the characters of the opera are recognisably the historical characters of popular imagination.’
- ‘The only character who stands out for me is Dave Lightener, who makes free with the wives of enlisted men while ruthlessly recruiting their sons for the war.’
- ‘It makes free with cultural conventions in a way we find charming, funny, winsome and sometimes freeing.’
- ‘It's the journalists who are the bigots today and make free with the facts.’
- ‘As it is, voles dare not approach the potting shed, though they make free with the rest of the garden.’
- ‘Yes, the director has made free with time and place, and anyone who still feels that updating automatically disqualifies a production from being taken seriously need read no further.’
- ‘There, his cup untouched beside him, he made free with the host's collection of books.’
- ‘In the parlour your claret was made free with, as Stephen tells me he opened 34 bottles.’
- ‘He has a way of writing scenes emblematically, allowing encounters to carry a certain symbolic weight and making free with dramatic coincidence.’
- ‘See, Reggie not only slides into the kitchen and makes free with the cat bowls, he's also found that if he slopes upstairs, he can find a cosy cat basket outside my bedroom.’
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