“allow for a little leeway” or “ allow a little leeway” which one is correct? [duplicate]

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"allow for a little leeway" or "allow a little leeway", which one is a right expression?

Maybe both expression are correct?

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user6951 01/19/2015.

Allow a little leeway has many more results on a Google book search than allow for a little leeway.

This includes results from Barron's How to prepare for the GRE, The Pirate Dictionary and Professional Proposal Writing. So I know which construction I would use if I needed to use leeway.

Since leeway can mean 'A margin of freedom or variation, as of activity, time, or expenditure; latitude,' it is used in the same manner as 'room'. In the third book above, there is also the usage should you allow room in the bolded heading on the same page. And a Google search for allow a little room gives many more results than allow for a little room.

One gets the same overwhelming numbers for allow a little time as compared to allow for a little time.

EDIT:Allows a little leeway returns 191 results in Google Books, incuding many that have a non-person as the subject (ie a lot of results with subject it and this); allows for a little leeway returns 25 results.

The question has been marked as duplicate; apparently allows and allows for follow certain rules, without regard to the noun that follows.

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