elbow room

noun

1
a
: room for moving the elbows freely
b
: adequate space for work or operation
a lab with plenty of elbow room
2
: free scope
elbow room to try new ideas

Examples of elbow room in a Sentence

It's a small kitchen with very little elbow room. help me move the furniture so that we'll have enough elbow room to do some aerobics
Recent Examples on the Web With this shift, folks are flocking to small town destinations with lots of charm and elbow room. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 12 June 2024 The 1,500-acre lake spreads across the high plains between Springerville and St. Johns, just isolated enough to offer a little elbow room. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2024 The filmmaker had access to Simon’s archives and enjoyed a perhaps surprising degree of elbow room in his close encounters with the performer, now 82, who’s grappling with the near-total loss of hearing in his left ear even as his new lyrics deal with questions of faith and mortality. Steve Dollar, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2024 On planes that also feature Mint business class, the Core cabin has 102 seats in a 3-3 layout, so the one drawback is a potential lack of elbow room as the A321 is just a single-aisle plane. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 May 2024 Because of the uncertainty principle, which states that a particle’s position and speed can’t be known precisely at the same time, this reduction in the electrons’ elbow room means their velocity must increase via a kind of seesawing of fundamental physical laws. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 14 May 2024 With that kind of elbow room, there's hardly a need to wake up early to claim a deck chair. David Swanson, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2024 Rather than start a search for new leadership before bond holders force them to do so, directors argue that the current management team needs more elbow room to turn things around. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Feb. 2024 Eddie Renshaw and Evan Pierce finally have some elbow room in their new, larger Golden kitchen. Lily O'Neill, The Denver Post, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of elbow room was circa 1540

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“Elbow room.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elbow%20room. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

elbowroom

noun
el·​bow·​room
ˈel-ˌbō-ˌrüm,
-ˌru̇m
1
: room for moving the elbows freely
2
: enough space for work or operation
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