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breathing space

1. A sufficient buffer of time or space that allows for freedom of movement or relief from a given source of pressure or stress. My yearly bonus always affords us a little bit of breathing space for the Christmas expenses. Please move back and give us some of breathing space here. The professor extended the deadline for our midterm papers, so I've got a bit of breathing space to get it finished.
2. A pause to rest or to think over something. Give me a minute, I just need a little breathing space while I figure this out.
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breathing space

1. Room or time in which to breathe, as in In that crowded hall, there was hardly any breathing space. Previously this term was put as breathing room. [Mid-1600s]
2. A rest or pause. For example, I can't work at this all day; I need some breathing space. This usage replaced the earlier breathing while. [Mid-1600s]
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breathing space

If you have some breathing space, you have some time when you do not have to deal with something difficult, and which may give you time and energy to deal with it better in the future. I spent seven happy months there, and it gave us both a breathing space in which to plan for the future. Even if the boarding school didn't help Louise, at least the family would get a breathing space.
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a ˈbreathing space

a time for resting between two periods of effort; pause: This holiday will give me a bit of breathing space before I start my new job.
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MaureenWatt Minister for Mental Health, said:"The 365 Brighter Days campaign - led by NHS24's Breathing Space helpline - is a great way to remind ourselves to see the positive in every day.
Matthew Reed, chief executive of The Children's Society, said: "The breathing space should be a lifeline to families in truly desperate situations.
Mental Health Minister MaureenWatt added:"I would urge anyone who is feeling low or anxious to reach out to Breathing Space, Samaritans or other services to make sure they get help.
Let's give these people a little Breathing Space in your stores.
Breathing Space was inspired by the Filipino word maaliwalas (airy).
Work included repairs to the building to host Breathing Space, which involves the church in partnership with various organisations working with a range of people, including with charity Changing Lives.
Derogations will give farmers the financial breathing space to mop up their land and try to recover from the floods.
And the Scottish Government's suicide prevention programme, Choose Life, are working with Breathing Space and other support groups, such as Sobs, to lower our suicide rate.
Marion, whose son Graham, 29, uses Breathing Space, said: "On my part, the respite that Breathing Space provides would be the biggest loss.
Racing manager Andrew Mascarenhas says: "There'll be open-races over four and six bends and that should just give us a bit of breathing space with the graded strength before we start up Tuesday Bags meetings the following week.
He met bosses from enterprise charity Breathing Space, training provider BETL and Charles Chance, one of the facility's youngest entrepreneurs and director of IT specialist Cloud Net, to discuss what entrepreneurs needed to be successful and the challenges facing them.
Breathing Space, by science and medical historian Gregg Mitman of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, belongs to a curious class of books, natural histories of disease.
Because courts have recognized that free speech rights "require breathing space to survive," ACLU staff attorney Jameel Jaffer explains, they have often granted standing to challenge laws that burden those rights based on indirect chilling effects.
While this is certainly an accurate enough take on the way many things are done in that culture, it doesn't leave any breathing space for what might be called a human factor.