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  • As for the officer of the watch, it looked as if he would be badly off for elbow-room; there was reason to fear that he would be compelled to kill time by standing stock-still in one spot through the whole watch; but just then there was no time for small troubles of this sort.

    The South Pole~ On the Way to the South

  • Your deputy moderator will also be in place playing Bad Cop and therefore be able to allow David to have some red wine pouring and commenting elbow-room.

    QUESTION TIME LIVE!

  • Our country might be unitary, rather than federal (and without the elbow-room compartmentalization that furnishes, I don't think Canada could have survived); we would almost certainly not have the Charter ... that took 115 years to achieve as it is!

    safety valve

  • These are faculties which never appear in full lustre, but when the mind is perfectly at ease, and, as an excellent writer says, enjoys her elbow-room.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • In England there was no elbow-room, the graves were often desecrated; and ever since he had buried his wife in the woods of Shupanga he had sighed for just such a spot, where his weary bones would receive the eternal rest they coveted.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • The host would reappear, standing by the pole; our local fellow-guests, el Dheilan, Zaal and other sheikhs, reluctantly let themselves be placed on the rugs between us, sharing our elbow-room on the pack-saddles, padded with folded felt rugs, over which we leaned.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • As for the officer of the watch, it looked as if he would be badly off for elbow-room; there was reason to fear that he would be compelled to kill time by standing stock-still in one spot through the whole watch; but just then there was no time for small troubles of this sort.

    The South Pole; an account of the Norwegian antarctic expedition in the 'Fram', 1910 to 1912

  • Always zealous in obedience to the Biblical law, it is honest to confess to a decided preference for elbow-room when engaged in its actual fulfilment.

    Tropic Days

  • Faith, though the world is crowded with knaves that an honest gentleman can scarce breathe, I'll jostle stoutly but you shall have elbow-room.

    The Beau Defeated: or, The Lucky Younger Brother

  • We're fixers, expediters, there's plenty of elbow-room; sometimes we put business each other's way.

    Chase the Morning

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