breathing room


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breathing room

n.
1. Sufficient time to prepare for or recover from the pressing difficulties of a situation.
2. Sufficient space to fit or accomplish something: no breathing room on the crowded airplane. In both senses also called breathing space.
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Noun1.breathing room - sufficient room for easy breathing or movement; "moved to the country to find breathing room"
elbow room, room, way - space for movement; "room to pass"; "make way for"; "hardly enough elbow room to turn around"
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Fitch believes that the successful execution of this transaction provides the commonwealth breathing room as it continues to address ongoing economic and fiscal challenges.
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As long as he's keeping in contact and being respectful, let him have his breathing room.
The city's Industrial Development Agency Board has approved a post-closing amendment that gives Metropolitan Life Insurance Company's some breathing room in its reported plans to move its operations back into Manhattan from Long Island City.
Although individual works in "Remix" may suffer for lack of adequate breathing room, the curatorial strategy has a point, all but shouting that a survey is impossible, the contemporary artistic production of this enormously diverse continent too vast to summarize.
He gave himself some breathing room by making a 30ft birdie putt on the 16th for a two-shot advantage, then sank a short par putt on the last after nearly holing a bunker shot.
Go to the breathing room and smile, closing the door behind you peacefully.
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Breathing Room is published by Piatkus, price pounds 5.