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 The security from that job gave me the breathing space for my mental health to relax. Alex Ritman, Variety, 23 Feb. 2024 The dual writers and actors strikes, while costly to Hollywood, ironically gave Marvel breathing space. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2024 In addition to forcing the Saudis to seek a truce, intensified Houthi strikes on Israeli cities help divide Israel’s attention and forces, providing Hamas (another Iran ally) with breathing space. Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, Foreign Affairs, 29 Jan. 2024 On one hand, the market has been rocked in recent weeks due to the instability in the banking sector, and some respite from the increase of borrowing costs would allow some further breathing space while the dust settled. - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023 The hope now is that this haven of green can offer crucial breathing space to a city ill adapted to heat. Juliette Guéron-Gabrielle,, 9 Sep. 2023 But the split decision appeared to give the prime minister enough political breathing space to hold off for now. Mark Landler,, 21 July 2023 This will help keep airborne particles away from your breathing space. Natalie Wallington, Popular Science, 7 June 2023 Never mind that this breathing space was denied to women, Jews, Blacks, and anyone lacking $300,000 for the initiation fee. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 16 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1545, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of breathing space was in 1545

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“Breathing space.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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