wiggle room


Definition of wiggle room

: leeway, latitude a contract with wiggle room for further negotiations

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Synonyms for wiggle room


latitude, leeway, slack, space

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Examples of wiggle room in a Sentence

The salesman has some wiggle room to reduce the price of the car. the language of the contract is vague and leaves too much wiggle room

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Voters who approve of his leadership give themselves plenty of wiggle room in terms of support, showing skepticism about the economy and open-mindedness on the Mueller probe. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "A Magic Pony Is the Wrong Horse to Back," 13 Dec. 2018 But the only area where U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw provided some wiggle room for the administration on timing is in cases where the parent has been deported. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Rep. Brooks 'overwhelmed' by the large numbers of migrant children crossing the border," 12 July 2018 Insomniac is clearly shackled to the overarching Spider-Man universe, which, at least, gives the team wiggle room to paint both good and bad guys in shades of gray. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man PS4 review: Does whatever a spider can—and then some," 4 Sep. 2018 But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., gave some wiggle room to that date. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "How potential government shutdown could throw wrench into Brett Kavanaugh confirmation," 31 July 2018 Wall Street analysts have said Netflix has some wiggle room for higher prices. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Netflix testing higher-priced 'Ultra' plans," 5 July 2018 Cranley's release left some wiggle room but indicated an agreement was imminent. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati mayor says there's a deal for City Manager Harry Black's exit. Black says there isn't.," 13 Mar. 2018 That buys the world some wiggle room, but not much: about six years’ worth of global emissions. Umair Irfan, Vox, "4 big takeaways from the UN’s alarming climate change report," 9 Oct. 2018 That suggests there isn’t much more wiggle room to meaningfully sweeten its bid. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Third Time Unlucky for Takeda and Shire," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of wiggle room

1965, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wiggle room

: the ability to make small changes in a plan, schedule, etc., if they are needed

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