One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An interval during which two people or groups who are in disagreement can try to settle their differences before taking further action.
- ‘The union has opted for a cooling-off period of three weeks before making its next move.’
- ‘They have applied to have their names taken off the wedding register, and have been given a three-month cooling-off period to try and work things out before their revocation of vows becomes effective.’
- ‘The act proposed a cooling-off period before strikes could take place.’
- ‘A cooling-off period is good in a dispute like this, which is unclear, and one of the things I think we're seeing is how increasingly bitter it is getting.’
- ‘This was granted, one assumes, in return for agreeing to keep the proceedings confidential for a suitable cooling-off period.’
- 1.1 An interval after a sales contract is agreed upon during which the purchaser can decide to cancel without loss.
- ‘And they should always give you a seven-day cooling-off period to think about it.’
- ‘Similarly, if a trader's visit is unsolicited and an agreement is signed at your home then there is a cooling-off period in which to cancel.’
- ‘In most circumstances, online stores must give a cooling-off period of seven working days.’
- ‘But within the five-day cooling-off period Robyn did some research and found similar properties were selling for $175,000.’
- ‘The cooling-off period allows you to change your mind and cancel the contract without any reason.’
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