from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Breathing room.
- n. A breathing spell.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Sufficient space or a span of time in which to recover one's breath.
- n. A rest, pause, or respite.
- n. Enough distance so that one can feel unfettered.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short respite
- n. sufficient room for easy breathing or movement
"This short extension for three months will provide a breathing space for the Fiji industry while new arrangements under SPARTECA to support industry adjustment are finalised," said Mr Downer.
"We hoped to have given the enemy so much punishment in the course of Zitadelle that we could now count on a breathing space in this part of the front," he wrote, and that "Southern Army Group [i.e., himself] decided to withdraw a substantial weight of armour from that wing for the time being, in order to iron things out in the Donetz area."
Patriot reiterates his “sincere Intention to calm and heal, not to blow up and inflame, any Party-Divisions”; but even the task of defending the British Constitution could not stifle Fielding's wit, and he escapes, for breathing space as it were, into a column devoted to the news items of the week, gathered from various papers, and adorned by comments of his own, printed in italics.
We gave the bulls a breathing space there, for we knew we had them all nicely rounded up in the killing-pens, and there was no hurry.
After a short breathing space in the middle of December, Vatutin,