breathing space
noun Date: 1599 some time in which to recover, get organized, or get going — called also breathing room, breathing spell

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • breathing space — UK US noun [U or S] (US also breathing room) ► a period of rest from a busy or difficult situation in order to get your energy back or give you more time to think about what to do next: »Troubled companies have a 28 day breathing space in which… …   Financial and business terms

  • breathing space — breathing ,space or breathing ,room noun singular or uncount 1. ) space to move or breathe easily: Move back and give him some breathing room. 2. ) a period of rest from a difficult activity that allows you to get your energy back or try a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • breathing space — breathing spaces N VAR A breathing space is a short period of time between two activities in which you can recover from the first activity and prepare for the second one. Firms need a breathing space if they are to recover... We hope that it will …   English dictionary

  • breathing space — breathing .space also breathing .room n [U and C] 1.) a short time when you have a rest from doing something before starting again ▪ This deal should give the company some extra breathing room before its loans are due. 2.) enough room to move or… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • breathing space — (or room) n. 1. enough space to breathe, move, etc. freely 2. a chance to rest or consider a situation …   English World dictionary

  • breathing space — ► NOUN ▪ an opportunity to pause, relax, or decide what to do next …   English terms dictionary

  • breathing space — noun 1. a short respite (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑breath, ↑breather, ↑breathing place, ↑breathing spell, ↑breathing time • Derivationally related forms: ↑breathe ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • breathing space — 1. Also called breathing spell. an opportunity to rest or think. 2. sufficient space in which to move, work, etc.: The train was so crowded that there was hardly breathing space. [1640 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • breathing space — noun a) Sufficient space or a span of time in which to recover ones breath. He reeled, and on Herminius b) A rest, pause, or respite …   Wiktionary

  • 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 . Etymology: 1640–50 …   From formal English to slang

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”