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 There’s a warmth to the music that sounds more analog than digital, with wonderful breathing space around the bass frequencies. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 In 2012, Greece hoped the EU would give it breathing space to work out its financial difficulties, including a potential default to the International Monetary Fund. Daniel Markind, Forbes, 21 June 2022 And Rainn Wilson’s pet pigs, who sleep in their own casita with a Dutch door — aptly called the Pig Palace — have already realized my pastoral fantasy and desire for more breathing space. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 So this will give us a little more breathing space to do that. NBC News, 26 June 2022 Suggest your company experiment with shorter meetings of 50 minutes each so people have breathing space between sessions. Tracy Brower, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2022 But with elective surgeries canceled and without a steady schedule of hernia repairs and bladder reconstructions, Dr. Aparicio found breathing space. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 Covid-19 may have given companies more breathing space to do something as people worked from home and most companies in the us looked to hire more people, not less in 2020 and 2021. Michael Gale, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 But the Sun Devils failed to make the plays that would have put some breathing space between themselves and the visitors. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 20 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

7 Aug 2022

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“Breathing space.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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