Definition of breathing space in US English:

breathing space

noun

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

    • ‘The breathing space will give them a chance to recharge their batteries.’
    • ‘A breathing space or a period to reflect might sometimes be a wise precaution before final conclusions.’
    • ‘The breathing space this gave Fighter Command was crucial.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think it would be best if we took a break from each other, you know, get some breathing space.’
    • ‘We now have the breathing space to get this policy right and achieve agreement on the best way forward.’
    • ‘Transferring a £2,000 debt to a 0% card could save you up to £500 and give you a valuable breathing space.’
    • ‘But I do need this break, some breathing space to rediscover myself, my joy and happiness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Finally, many cards also offer 0% on purchases for an introductory period, which gives you a valuable breathing space.’
    • ‘There's not a lot of breathing space, and if there were we'd feel oddly impatient.’
    • ‘Another insight she imparts is that anti-depressants don't work for everyone, but they can give a person breathing space.’
    • ‘As she spoke she was amazed to feel some of the tension ebbing from her, giving her a little breathing space.’
    • ‘For those with fewer resources, a personal loan provides a breathing space.’
    • ‘Now I'm conscious of it and if I have six appointments I cancel three to get some breathing space.’
    • ‘This interest-free breathing space is a great opportunity to throw money at your debt and kill it off faster.’
    • ‘He has now been granted a breathing space which he must use to improve his party's languishing poll ratings.’
    • ‘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.’
    stop, cessation, break, halt, stoppage, standstill, interruption, check, lull, respite, stay, discontinuation, discontinuance, hiatus, gap, lapse, lapse of time, interlude, intermission, interval, entr'acte
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Pronunciation

breathing space

/ˈbrēT͟HiNG ˈˌspās//ˈbriðɪŋ ˈˌspeɪs/