Definition of breathing space in English:

breathing space

noun

  • An opportunity to pause, relax, or decide what to do next:

    ‘we all need a breathing space during the working week’
    [mass noun] ‘the delay gave him some breathing space’
    • ‘People have to compete with each other for elbow room and breathing space, both of which are in short supply.’
    • ‘This gives you a breathing space to reorganise your finances and make inroads into paying off your plastic burden.’
    • ‘I sat down and watched the world go by, feeling the panic melt, or, more accurately, the new breathing space it freed up as it left.’
    • ‘He has now been granted a breathing space which he must use to improve his party's languishing poll ratings.’
    • ‘Another insight she imparts is that anti-depressants don't work for everyone, but they can give a person breathing space.’
    • ‘Transferring a £2,000 debt to a 0% card could save you up to £500 and give you a valuable breathing space.’
    • ‘I think it would be best if we took a break from each other, you know, get some breathing space.’
    • ‘A breathing space or a period to reflect might sometimes be a wise precaution before final conclusions.’
    • ‘This interest-free breathing space is a great opportunity to throw money at your debt and kill it off faster.’
    • ‘The calendar of the local agricultural year provided slaves with a breathing space.’
    • ‘It was meant to be a one-day pause to give the banks a breathing space but the shut down is now going to last all week.’
    • ‘The breathing space will give them a chance to recharge their batteries.’
    • ‘The breathing space this gave Fighter Command was crucial.’
    • ‘We now have the breathing space to get this policy right and achieve agreement on the best way forward.’
    • ‘For those with fewer resources, a personal loan provides a breathing space.’
    • ‘There's not a lot of breathing space, and if there were we'd feel oddly impatient.’
    • ‘Now I'm conscious of it and if I have six appointments I cancel three to get some breathing space.’
    • ‘As she spoke she was amazed to feel some of the tension ebbing from her, giving her a little breathing space.’
    • ‘But I do need this break, some breathing space to rediscover myself, my joy and happiness.’
    • ‘Finally, many cards also offer 0% on purchases for an introductory period, which gives you a valuable breathing space.’
    stop, cessation, break, halt, stoppage, standstill, interruption, check, lull, respite, stay, breathing space, discontinuation, discontinuance, hiatus, gap, interlude, intermission, interval, entr'acte
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Pronunciation

breathing space