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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.
But it warned that the breathing space protections would need to remain in place until families were able to establish a long-term plan to repay their debts, and in some cases, that would take longer than six weeks to sort out.
Tony McLaren, National Coordinator of Breathing Space, said: "Remember, if you are experiencing emotional distress during the festive season and feel you can't talk to your family or friends, then call a phone line such as Breathing Space.
Tony McLaren, national co-ordinator of Breathing Space, said: "Remember, if you are experiencing emotional distress and feel you can't talk to your family or friends, then call a phone line.
Tony McLaren, of Breathing Space, said: "If you're experiencing emotional distress during the festive season and feel you can't talk to family or friends, call a phone line such as Breathing Space.
Breathing Space also offers support to other health care services as well as residential and hospice care.
Botor's Breathing Space was a well-researched design for the wellness center lobby of Spa Town at Paseo de Roxas condominium.
Breathing Space was set up when the church received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant towards a PS200,000 project to widen use of the 800-year-old building and the adjoining nature reserve.
When I saw the job advertised, it was the idea of a Breathing Space that attracted me.
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.
Think Quarterly is a breathing space in a busy world.
Summary: Liverpool earned manager Roy Hodgson some breathing space, but nothing more, with a late 2-1 victory over Bolton at Anfield.
That gives a breathing space for the US mediators to produce a compromise.