One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she was sentenced to death, but was reprieved’
grant a stay of execution to, cancel someone's punishment, commute someone's punishment, postpone someone's punishment, remit someone's punishment
pardon, spare, acquit, grant an amnesty to, amnesty
informal let off, let off the hook
2‘the accident and emergency unit has also been reprieved’
save, rescue, grant a stay of execution to, give a respite to
informal take off the hit list
1‘he was saved by a last-minute reprieve’
stay of execution, cancellation of punishment, postponement of punishment, remission, suspension of punishment, respite
pardon, amnesty, acquittal
North American continuance
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