Definition of take liberties in US English:

take liberties

phrase

  • 1Behave in an unduly familiar manner toward a person.

    ‘you've taken too many liberties with me’
    • ‘He was a man with whom it was impossible to imagine the most audacious student venturing to take a liberty.’
    • ‘Still, the advertisements are part of a growing strain of Web marketing that takes liberties with requested Web pages, browsers and e-mail in-boxes, making it harder for people to ignore ads.’
    • ‘Over time, the children of family members may take liberties that when left unchecked, become real problems.’
    • ‘I got on well with my teammates, but I think that would have been taking liberties towards the club.’
    act with overfamiliarity, act with familiarity, show disrespect, act with impropriety, act indecorously, be impudent, commit a breach of etiquette, act with boldness, act with impertinence, show insolence, show impudence, show presumptuousness, show presumption, show forwardness, show audacity, be unrestrained
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  • 2Treat something freely, without strict faithfulness to the facts or to an original.

    ‘the scriptwriter has taken few liberties with the original narrative’
    • ‘Although he followed the form of the drawing the inker took liberties with the face and the musculature.’
    • ‘In the commentary, Wright remarks on several other liberties he and the other filmmakers took.’
    • ‘For Parker, the traditionalists who accuse him of taking liberties are one of the targets.’
    • ‘Although I've taken a little liberty with it, it was told to me as a supposed true story.’
    • ‘This is one of the problems of an adaptation, where the writer must decide between a faithful, textually based adaptation and one that takes liberties in order to make it a better film.’
    • ‘It's a liberty I choose to take with my chosen brand of fiction.’
    • ‘The exact wording of the contract gave him a tiny amount of wiggle room but he was still taking an enormous liberty.’
    • ‘I'll take liberties creating new melodies while still preserving the integrity of the tune.’
    • ‘Doing so is disingenuous, and takes liberties with the facts and the policy of this matter.’
    • ‘I had to take liberties in the name of science.’