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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Employers used to have a lot of wiggle room to classify workers as independent contractors. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego city attorney sues grocery delivery app Instacart in gig economy action," 13 Sep. 2019 One possible outcome of interpretive wiggle room is litigation. Howard Blumestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Charter school compromise could intensify L.A.'s school board battles," 3 Sep. 2019 Gift cards alone are not a massive revenue source for any state, but with many regions facing budget cuts, any extra wiggle room helps. Michael Waters, The Atlantic, "What Happens to All Those Unused Gift Cards," 27 Aug. 2019 In response, the NHTSA rewrote its guidelines, leaving less wiggle room for automakers to play with the safety numbers. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Feds told Tesla to stop ‘misleading’ the public about Model 3 safety," 7 Aug. 2019 With that ratio in mind, analysts at SmartAsset lowered the threshold by two percentage points to allow for comfort, wiggle room renters could use to save for things like retirement or buying their own home. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Want to rent in D.C. without being ‘cost-burdened’? A household needs $132,857 a year, report says.," 31 July 2019 Since his arrival on the mound in the fourth inning, Medina had been weaving in and out of trouble, but with no wiggle room whatsoever, the kid delivered. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "In lights out fashion, Pearland East 10s capture Section 3 championship," 9 July 2019 The amount of wiggle room in your schedule may sway you to choose one type of pet over another. Karen Asp, Good Housekeeping, "10 Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Pet, According to an Animal Adoption Manager," 19 Aug. 2019 Trump’s tariff order potentially offers the energy industry some wiggle room. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: This is how pipeline companies will seek a pass on Trump tariffs," 12 Mar. 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

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

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