from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Open space; hence, unrestricted opportunity.
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This man, when he saw Darius intended to fall upon the enemy in the passes and defiles, advised him earnestly to keep where he was, in the open and extensive plains, it being the advantage of a numerous army to have field-room enough when it engages with a lesser force.
Which hearts, for want of field-room, cannot bear.