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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  • At liberty — Liberty Lib er*ty (l[i^]b [ e]r*t[y^]), n.; pl. {Liberties} ( t[i^]z). [OE. liberte, F. libert[ e], fr. L. libertas, fr. liber free. See {Liberal}.] 1. The state of a free person; exemption from subjection to the will of another claiming… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • at liberty — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} Free to go somewhere or do something; not shut in or stopped. * /The police promised to set the man at liberty if he told the names of the other robbers./ * /I am sorry, but I am not at liberty to come to your party./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at liberty — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} Free to go somewhere or do something; not shut in or stopped. * /The police promised to set the man at liberty if he told the names of the other robbers./ * /I am sorry, but I am not at liberty to come to your party./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at liberty — index autonomous (self governing), clear (free from criminal charges), exempt, free (not restricted), sovereign (independent) …   Law dictionary

  • at liberty — 1 he was at liberty for three months: FREE, (on the) loose, at large, unconfined; escaped, out. 2 your great aunt was at liberty to divide her estate how she chose: FREE, permitted, allowed, authorized …   Useful english dictionary

  • at\ liberty — adv or adj. phr. Free to go somewhere or do something; not shut in or stopped. The police promised to set the man at liberty if he told the names of the other robbers. I am sorry, but I am not at liberty to come to your party. Compare: at… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • at liberty — 1) he was at liberty for three months Syn: free, on the loose, loose, at large, unconfined; escaped, out, on the lam 2) you are at liberty to leave Syn: free, permitted, allowed, authorized …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • at liberty — 1) he was at liberty for three months Syn: free, loose, on the loose, at large, on the run, out 2) I am not at liberty to say Syn: free, able, entitled, permitted …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • at liberty — free to speak or act, allowed to speak    Are you at liberty to tell us who won? Can you tell us? …   English idioms

  • at liberty — able or allowed to do something. I m not at liberty to discuss this with you. Usage notes: often used in a negative statement, as in the example …   New idioms dictionary

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