at will

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at will

  1. (idiomatic) at one's preference; as one sees fit
    I'm writing my book at will - there's no deadline or minimum word count.
    • 1460-1500, The Towneley Playsː
      I give the wit, I give the strength, of all thou seest, of breadth and length; thou shalt be wonder-wise, mirth and joy to have at will, all thy liking to fulfill, and dwell in paradise.
    • 2013, Ben Smith, "[1]", BBC Sport, 19 October 2013:
      And yet, United always carried the greater threat. Their movement in attack constantly confounded Southampton's defenders, with Rooney, Van Persie and Januzaj swapping places and eluding markers at will.

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