at liberty


at liberty
   involuntarily unemployed
   Actor's jargon in a profession where it does not do to say you are out of work:
    'Laurence Olivier' (very careful checking every time for correct spelling) 'at liberty'. (Olivier, 1982, recounting when he was advertising for work)
   See also between shows.

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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