Definition of make free with in US English:

make free with

phrase

  • Treat without ceremony or proper respect.

    ‘he'll have something to say about your making free with his belongings’
    • ‘He has a way of writing scenes emblematically, allowing encounters to carry a certain symbolic weight and making free with dramatic coincidence.’
    • ‘It's the journalists who are the bigots today and make free with the facts.’
    • ‘The opera does make free with history but the characters of the opera are recognisably the historical characters of popular imagination.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It makes free with cultural conventions in a way we find charming, funny, winsome and sometimes freeing.’
    • ‘As it is, voles dare not approach the potting shed, though they make free with the rest of the garden.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    help oneself to, take, take possession of, take over, hijack, appropriate, steal
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