elbow room


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Noun1.elbow room - space for movement; "room to pass"; "make way for"; "hardly enough elbow room to turn around"
seating, seating area, seating room, seats - an area that includes places where several people can sit; "there is seating for 40 students in this classroom"
standing room - room for passengers or spectators to stand; "there was standing room for thousands more people"
spatial relation, position - the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated; "the position of the hands on the clock"; "he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage"
breathing room, breathing space - sufficient room for easy breathing or movement; "moved to the country to find breathing room"
headroom, headway, clearance - vertical space available to allow easy passage under something
houseroom - space for accommodation in a house; "I wouldn't give that table houseroom"
lebensraum, living space - space sought for occupation by a nation whose population is expanding
parking - space in which vehicles can be parked; "there is plenty of parking behind the store"
sea room - space for maneuver at sea

elbow room

noun scope, room, space, freedom, latitude, leeway His speech was designed to give himself more political elbow room.
References in classic literature ?
There were no foreclosures of mortgages, no protested notes, no bills payable, no debts of honour in Typee; no unreasonable tailors and shoemakers perversely bent on being paid; no duns of any description and battery attorneys, to foment discord, backing their clients up to a quarrel, and then knocking their heads together; no poor relations, everlastingly occupying the spare bed-chamber, and diminishing the elbow room at the family table; no destitute widows with their children starving on the cold charities of the world; no beggars; no debtors' prisons; no proud and hard-hearted nabobs in Typee; or to sum up all in one word--no Money!
"Make it four," he suggested, "and I'll take Bill with me." (Bill was the third patrolman.) "We haven't elbow room here, and in case of a scuffle one white to every two of them will be just about the right proportion."
He was energetic, but he required more elbow room than the ordinary dancing floor provides.
By committing funds to ports, roads and rail links, the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative is lessening the infrastructure burden for Kenya by giving her elbow room to direct budgets to other areas of development.
The continuing downtrend of headline inflation is a welcome development as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas under the leadership of newly-appointed Governor Ben Diokno will have more elbow room to make adjustments on the country's policy rates to spur economic growth.
Pimentel, however, said that the poll body has assured the committee that its schedule was crafted to have some elbow room.
So January is a good time to find elbow room on the Rialto Bridge.
Forward, a wraparound U-shaped seat plan leaves the center deck open for some elbow room for fishing.
The Elbow Room reunion is for Sharon, who used to attend the iconic venue four times a week.
If we have Europe on our side it provides less elbow room for the UK to wiggle out of the backstop promise of no return of a hard border we secured last December.
He added the President is not totally against open-pit mining and is even willing to give mining companies some elbow room to apply reforms.