I often hear and read it – freely and fairly, but to be honest, I never saw its ‘dictionary’ definition.
Now I tried to find it – and have failed.
Could you shortly define the meaning of the (fixed) expression?
Or it’s just ‘freely’ and ‘fairly’?
an example of how this idiom can be used: he gave of himself freely and fairly. meaning that he was libral with his time and fair as to who benefited.
Perhaps freely and fairly qualifies as a fixed expression in some places but I don’t think that it does in North America. I certainly wouldn’t call it an idiom.
I’d say it’s closer to being just ‘freely’ and ‘fairly’ – though it may be a relatively common expression due to the alliteration.
Gypsy1900’s example of the meaning seems fitting to me.
The prose of existence…
Thank you all for your responses.
How about without ‘let or hindrance’? It’s kind of got the same tang as ‘freely and fairly’.
swimmingly - can I also consider it as an ‘equiavalent’ saying?
I wouldn’t bet on it. Someone will probably bite my head off. Let’s just say they’re good companions.
By the way, it’s always seems to me a bit strange (well, and not logical - hi, Amy :)) that in English they say
to give smb. a free hand
to get / have a free hand
To me, having only one free hand definitely means only ‘a half’ of freedom.
Now there’s another one I’m not familiar with. :?
So, if something ‘happened without let or hindrance’, can I say it ‘went off without a hitch’?
Not really. It suggests proceeding without being stopped. It comes I believe from what is written on the passport or at least was BB (Before Blair) saying that the holder of this passport could travel about without being stopped. I’ll probably have to look at my passport again. The last time it was scrutinized with an extremely beady eye was by a passport control officer in Russia last September and when she’d finished, she just laughed. But then you haven’t seen the picture in my passport.