I'm quite puzzled by "all he likes" in the following sentences. What does it mean ?

But were the protests to start to spread from the far east, Mr Putin would face a similar calculus. He can arrest and intimidate the elites all he likes. source


In this context, "All he likes" is synonymous to "to his heart's content". In other words, Putin is doing whatever he wants.

The phrase can also be used to express that a person's actions are futile, such as "Complain all you like, but the answer is no."

  • thanks. my another question is what role is "all you like "playing in the sentence"complain all you like". Is it a attributive clause? – Olivia-2008 Nov 24 '20 at 8:18
  • I'm 95% sure it isn't. Attributive clauses are also known as relative clauses. Relative clauses always start with relative pronouns like "who". If anything, "all you like" is an adverb clause. – Joshua Nov 24 '20 at 19:58

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