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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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 Republicans hold a razor-thin 51-to-49 majority in the Senate, giving them little wiggle room in a nomination battle that is expected to last until at least early October. Anchorage Daily News, "As Trump prepares to unveil Supreme Court pick, both parties prepare for battle," 9 July 2018 This wiggle room has given hope to adherents of alternative gravity theories, though such folks remain in the minority. Mike Wall, NBC News, "Einstein's theory of relativity passes its toughest test yet," 5 July 2018 In March, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that combining the two remaining parts of the spacecraft and testing the whole assembly would likely bust the remaining wiggle room in the project’s schedule and funding. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "NASA’s Webb telescope delayed to 2021," 27 June 2018 Phoenix might still restrict the release of some video on a case-by-case basis, and a disclaimer is baked into the Transparency Protocol that could allow some wiggle room. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Montgomery records rules may be at odds with Phoenix police plans to release body-cam video," 24 May 2018 Other districts across the state still have some wiggle room. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "School on a Saturday? It might happen for some Mass. districts trying to make up snow days," 20 Mar. 2018 Beyond that, there is enough wiggle room to excuse a lot of things that might otherwise raise eyebrows. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Trump again reveals a remarkably unsophisticated understanding of racism," 26 Jan. 2018 With the Senate split 51-49—and Republican Sen. John McCain unlikely to cast a vote—that gives Republicans no wiggle room if Democrats remain united as expected on a Barrett nomination. Philip Elliott, Time, "Inside Donald Trump's Supreme Court Deliberations," 9 July 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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