WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ˈfree ˈhand, n. [countable;  singular]
  • unrestricted freedom or authority:They gave the director a free hand to cut the budget wherever she wanted.

  • free•hand /ˈfriˌhænd/USA pronunciation  adj. 
    1. drawn or done by hand without guiding instruments, measurements, or other aids:a freehand map.

    adv. 
  • in a freehand manner:to draw freehand.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    free hand, 
  • unrestricted freedom or authority:They gave the decorator a free hand.
    • 1925–30

    free•hand  (frēhand′),USA pronunciation adj. 
    1. drawn or executed by hand without guiding instruments, measurements, or other aids:a freehand map.

    adv. 
    1. in a freehand manner:to draw freehand.
    • free + hand 1860–65

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    free hand n
    1. unrestricted freedom to act (esp in the phrase give (someone) a free hand)
    adj , adv (freehand)
    1. (done) by hand without the use of guiding instruments: a freehand drawing
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