breathing space


Definition of breathing space

: some time in which to recover, get organized, or get going

called also breathing room, breathing spell

Examples of breathing space in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Was that an intentional breathing space for the reader? Britni De La Cretaz,, 13 Apr. 2021 Admitting it’s been tough finding alone time options lately, this mom is also exploring new roads that afford her breathing space. Tonilyn Hornung, Good Housekeeping, 8 Apr. 2021 In an effort to give itself breathing space, the I.O.C. broke with tradition in 2017 by simultaneously announcing the hosts of the next two Summer Olympics — Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles four years later. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 Allowing Messi to leave might solve many of the problems on the balance sheet in one fell swoop, and buy the club some breathing space. New York Times, 12 Feb. 2021 Certainly a cleaner balance sheet helps and buys Belk some breathing space to address its problems. Warren Shoulberg, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 But a win against Inter Milan on Wednesday gives the team and its manager Zinedine Zidane breathing space and, more importantly, qualification to the Champions League knockout stages. Calum Trenaman, CNN, 28 Nov. 2020 With so little breathing space between games this year, most teams are restricted to recovery and recuperation; a new coach simply does not have time to introduce a new tactical approach. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2020 The bill will give President-elect Joe Biden some breathing space before a new and probably bigger rescue package is needed next year. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of breathing space

1545, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breathing space was in 1545

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18 May 2021

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“Breathing space.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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