breathing space

breathing space
noun
1. a short respite (Freq. 1)
Derivationally related forms: ↑breathe (for: ↑breather)
Hypernyms: ↑respite, ↑rest, ↑relief, ↑rest period
2. sufficient room for easy breathing or movement
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moved to the country to find breathing room

Syn: ↑breathing room
Hypernyms: ↑room, ↑way, ↑elbow room

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ˈbreathing space [breathing space] noun countable, uncountable
a short rest in the middle of a period of mental or physical effort

After finishing one job she needed a breathing space before starting the next.

 
Synonyms:
break respite time out breathing space
These are all words for a short period of time spent relaxing.
rest a period of relaxing, sleeping or doing nothing after a period of activity:

We stopped for a well-earned rest.

break a short period of time when you stop what you are doing and rest or eat:

Let's

take a break

.

In British English break is a period of time between lessons at school. The North American English word is recess.
respite a short break from sth difficult or unpleasant:

The drug brought a brief respite from the pain.

time out (informal, especially NAmE) time for resting or relaxing away from your usual work or studies:

Take time out to relax by the pool.

breathing space a short rest in the middle of a period of mental or physical effort:

This delay gives the party a breathing space in which to sort out its policies.

(a) rest/break/respite/time out from sth
to have/take (a) rest/break/time out
to give sb (a) rest/break/respite/breathing space
 
Example Bank:

This delay gives the party a breathing space in which to sort out its policies.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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