breathing space

'breathing .space
also 'breathing .room n [U and C]
1.) a short time when you have a rest from doing something before starting again
This deal should give the company some extra breathing room before its loans are due.
2.) enough room to move or breathe easily and comfortably in

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  • breathing space — UK US noun [U or S] (US also breathing room) ► a period of rest from a busy or difficult situation in order to get your energy back or give you more time to think about what to do next: »Troubled companies have a 28 day breathing space in which… …   Financial and business terms

  • breathing space — breathing ,space or breathing ,room noun singular or uncount 1. ) space to move or breathe easily: Move back and give him some breathing room. 2. ) a period of rest from a difficult activity that allows you to get your energy back or try a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • breathing space — breathing spaces N VAR A breathing space is a short period of time between two activities in which you can recover from the first activity and prepare for the second one. Firms need a breathing space if they are to recover... We hope that it will …   English dictionary

  • breathing space — (or room) n. 1. enough space to breathe, move, etc. freely 2. a chance to rest or consider a situation …   English World dictionary

  • breathing space — ► NOUN ▪ an opportunity to pause, relax, or decide what to do next …   English terms dictionary

  • breathing space — noun 1. a short respite (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑breath, ↑breather, ↑breathing place, ↑breathing spell, ↑breathing time • Derivationally related forms: ↑breathe ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • breathing space — 1. Also called breathing spell. an opportunity to rest or think. 2. sufficient space in which to move, work, etc.: The train was so crowded that there was hardly breathing space. [1640 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • breathing space — noun a) Sufficient space or a span of time in which to recover ones breath. He reeled, and on Herminius b) A rest, pause, or respite …   Wiktionary

  • breathing space — noun Date: 1599 some time in which to recover, get organized, or get going called also breathing room, breathing spell …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • breathing space — breath′ing space n. 1) Also called breath′ing spell . an opportunity to rest or think 2) sufficient space in which to move, work, etc Also called breath′ing room . Etymology: 1640–50 …   From formal English to slang

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