breathing space


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breathing space

n
1. enough area to permit freedom of movement: the country gives us some breathing space.
2. a pause for rest, etc: a coffee break was their only 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`.
[1640–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.breathing space - a short respitebreathing space - a short respite      
rest period, rest, respite, relief - a pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
2.breathing space - 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"

breathing space

noun respite, break, rest, time to think We hope that it will give us some breathing space.
Translations

breathing space

n (fig) → attimo di respiro
References in classic literature ?
When I recovered my enemy was still in his place, though he had released his hold enough to allow me breathing space, and seeing me revive he prodded me adroitly first with one foot and then with the other, until I was forced to get up and stagger about with him under the trees while he gathered and ate the choicest fruits.
I took a breathing space, set my teeth, and again grappled fiercely, wrist and knee, with the machine.
said Dorothea, winning a little breathing space in that way.
The eighteen years he has lived seem but a moment, a breathing space in the long march of humanity.
And, furthermore, the war would consume many national surpluses, reduce the armies of unemployed that menaced all countries, and give the Oligarchy a breathing space in which to perfect its plans and carry them out.
In a moment's breathing space, which he had gained from me by a clever trick, I saw him working impatiently with the centre-board, trying to force it down.
Such nice clear places were made round them that they had all the breathing space they wanted, and really, if Mistress Mary had known it, they began to cheer up under the dark earth and work tremendously.
They have all gone now, thank heaven, except one, so that I have a little breathing space before others begin to arrive.
There were but few people about in this breathing space of a poor neighbourhood.
That is why I think it is every woman's duty never to leave them alone for a single moment, except during this short breathing space after dinner; without which I believe we poor women would be absolutely worn to shadows.
Among those set to receive a Blue Box to brighten up their Christmas are participants from Everton in the Community's Breathing Space programme.
The work to help homeless people rebuild their lives is one of the schemes running as part of the health and wellbeing Breathing Space project at Michael and All Angels in Witton Gilbert, North Durham.