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.
There were breathing spells when I had a chance to converse with the red men beside whom I fought, and once the jeddak, Kulan Tith himself, laid his hand upon my shoulder and asked my name.
"I see no contradiction to the gifts of any man in passing his breathing spells in useful reflections," the scout replied.
Either result would defeat the automatic stay's purpose of giving the debtor a breathing spell from pending proceedings against it.
The automatic stay, which gives debtors a breathing spell from creditors, is one of the most "fundamental debtor protections" in bankruptcy.