breathing spell


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breathing spell

n.
An opportunity to prepare for or have a respite from a difficult situation.
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Noun1.breathing spell - a short respitebreathing spell - a short respite      
rest period, rest, respite, relief - a pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
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I had just disarmed a huge fellow who had given me a desperate struggle, and for a moment the blacks stood back for a breathing spell.
Thus she might have got a breathing spell, but Red-Eye was fiendish.
Once, during the morning, while Anson took a breathing spell after bringing in another hundred-pound pack, Tarwater delicately hinted his impression.