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Definition of time-out

1 : a brief suspension of activity : break especially : a suspension of play in an athletic game
2 : a quiet period used especially as a disciplinary measure for children

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circa 1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of time-out was circa 1896

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“Time-out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time-out. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of time-out

: a short period of time during a sports event when the game stops and the players rest or talk to their coach
: a short period of time when you stop doing something so that you can rest or do something else
US : a short period of time when a child must sit quietly as punishment for behaving badly


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Kids Definition of time-out

1 : a short period during a game in which play is stopped
2 : a quiet period used as a way to discipline a child

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