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Have on a long leash


Allow manageable freedom. Letting an employee or child act as they wish as long as no harm occurs. The fact t hat they are still on a leash implies the parentsĀ  have responsibilities and the employer still expects results, they simply don’t contro every little decision. (Compare to Give free rein.)

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