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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.
See also: breathing, space

free space

In physics, an area of space that has no gravitational or electromagnetic fields. I totally failed that physics test on free space.
See also: free, space

space cadet

A person considered out of touch with reality. I tried having a serious conversation with her, but she's such a space cadet that I gave up after a few minutes of hearing her ramble on about my aura.
See also: cadet, space

space out

to become giddy or disoriented. Judy spaced out during the meeting and I didn't understand a word she said. I have a tendency to space out at the end of a hard day.
See also: out, space

space someone out

to cause someone to become giddy. The circus clowns just spaced me out. The hilarious spectacle spaced out the entire audience.
See also: out, space

take up space

 and take up room
to fill or occupy space. (Note the variations in the examples.) The piano is taking up too much room in our living room. John, you're not being any help at all. You're just taking up space.
See also: space, take, up

waste of space

something that is completely without value. The wrecked furniture in here is just a waste of space. This broken-down car is a waste of space!
See also: of, space, waste

a space cadet

  (humorous)
a strange or crazy person I wouldn't trust him with the children - he's a real space cadet.
See Watch this space
See also: cadet, space

be a waste of space

  (informal)
if you say that someone is a waste of space, you mean that they do not do anything useful and you do not like them Her husband's a complete waste of space.
See also: of, space, waste

Watch this space.

something that you say which means that you think there will soon be exciting changes in a situation I have plans for my career. Watch this space.
See also: space, this, watch

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]
See also: breathing, space

space out

Stupefy or disorient, as if or from a drug. For example, This medication spaces me out so I can't think clearly, or I wonder what those kids are on-they look totally spaced out. [1960s] Also see zone out.
See also: out, space

take up space

Also, take up room or time . See take up, def. 6.
See also: space, take, up

space out

v.
1. To organize or arrange some things or some people with spaces between: The tournament organizers spaced the matches out so that players would have time to rest. The police officers spaced themselves out along the parade route.
2. To stupefy or disorient someone from or as if from a drug: The medicine spaces me out so I can't think clearly. The summer heat tends to space out the students and makes it difficult to teach.
3. To lose awareness of one's surroundings: I stared out the window and spaced out for an hour.
4. To lose concentration or become inattentive: I was supposed to meet her at 9:00, but I spaced out and didn't get there till 10:30.
See also: out, space

space cadet

1. n. a person who is always silly or giddy. Here comes a space cadet who looks like he has more money than he needs.
2. n. a person who is always high on drugs. The space cadets can usually be found sitting on a bench outside the principal’s office.
See also: cadet, space

space out

1. n. a giddy person. (Usually space-out.) Terry is becoming such a space-out!
2. and space in. to become giddy; to become disoriented. She is spacing again. She doesn’t even know where she is.
See also: out, space

space

verb

space someone out

tv. to cause someone to become giddy. The whole business just spaced me out.
See also: out, space
References in classic literature ?
Twas the best shooting he had yet done, but there was still the smallest of spaces left--if you looked closely--at the very center.
That shall travel indifferently in any direction of Space and Time, as the driver determines.
Because I presume that it has not moved in space, and if it travelled into the future it would still be here all this time, since it must have travelled through this time.
Consciousness says: (1) I alone am, and all that exists is but me, consequently I include space.
But just as the subject of every science is the manifestation of this unknown essence of life while that essence itself can only be the subject of metaphysics, even the manifestation of the force of free will in human beings in space, in time, and in dependence on cause forms the subject of history, while free will itself is the subject of metaphysics.
Hewet began to fill in words where Hirst had left spaces, but he soon ceased; his pencil rolled on deck.
Dwar: 3 feathers; 3 spaces straight in any direction or combination.
When Jerry sprang up in the confined space he bumped his head on the box above, and the next moment felt the snarling impact of the other's teeth against his own teeth and jaw.
John Barleycorn sends his White Logic, the argent messenger of truth beyond truth, the antithesis of life, cruel and bleak as interstellar space, pulseless and frozen as absolute zero, dazzling with the frost of irrefragable logic and unforgettable fact.
SOCRATES: And four such lines will make a space containing eight feet?
Maston, was wasting his time, while leaning over the gigantic telescope he watched the course of the moon through the starry space.
It is universally admitted, that in most cases the area inhabited by a species is continuous; and when a plant or animal inhabits two points so distant from each other, or with an interval of such a nature, that the space could not be easily passed over by migration, the fact is given as something remarkable and exceptional.
Moreover, on this notion, it is not possible to explain why the corals should have sprung up, like a wall, from the extreme outer margin of the ledge, often leaving a broad space of water within, too deep for the growth of corals.
As we are sensible that much the greatest part of our readers are very eminently possessed of this quality, we have left them a space of twelve years to exert it in; and shall now bring forth our heroe, at about fourteen years of age, not questioning that many have been long impatient to be introduced to his acquaintance.
Do I not know that that is infinite space, and that it is not a round arch?