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informal A term of imprisonment. Used especially in the phrase "do time." Did you hear that Rick's an ex-con? He did time back in the '70s. Looks like she's going to be doing some time for her role in the embezzlement scheme.

time out

1. noun A brief pause, break, or hiatus from something. I wish I had taken time out before starting this job—that might have kept me from getting burned out so quickly, Take time out for lunch. Work will still be here when you get back.
2. noun In sports, an official break in play allotted to each team. Sometimes hyphenated. They had better take a time-out here to set up a play. They burned their time-outs earlier in the half, so they have none remaining.
3. noun A punishment for young children who have misbehaved that consists of secluding them from activities and other people for a brief period of time. Sometimes hyphenated. If you keep throwing your toys like that, I'm going to give you a time out! I think he might need a time-out.
4. verb To cease or suspend operation, especially after being idle for a certain period of time. The demo of the video game will time out after 15 minutes. To save power and reduce the risk of harming the display, computer monitors are set to time out after 20 minutes of inactivity.
5. interjection Stop the clock. Said during sporting events. Time out, ref! One of our guys is injured.
6. interjection By extension, stop talking or doing what you're doing. OK, wait, time out—you didn't tell me that you and Tom were dating again! Time out! We are not driving this car another foot if you are going to keep acting like this!
See also: out, time
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

time (out)

Stop everything for just a minute! "Hey, stop a minute! Time out!" yelled Mary as the argument grew in intensity. Right in the middle of the discussion, Alice said, "Time!" Then she announced that dinner was ready.

time someone out

to record someone's departure time. Harry had to time everyone out because the time clock was broken. I had to time out everyone.
See also: out, time

time out

1. to record one's departure time. Did you remember to time out when you left work? I timed out at the regular time.
2. a call for officially stopping the clock in a game. Time out! Wally is injured!
See also: out, time
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

time out

A short break from work or play; also, a punishment for misbehavior in young children in which they are briefly separated from the group. For example, People rush around so much these days that I think everyone should take some time out now and then , or We don't throw food, Brian; you need some time out to think about it. This expression comes from a number of sports in which it signifies an interruption in play where the officials stop the clock, for purposes of rest, making a substitution, or consultation. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.
See also: out, time
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

time out

Computer Science To cease functioning after a period of idle time has elapsed: The server connection times out after 15 minutes.
See also: out, time
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Time (out)!

exclam. Stop talking for a minute! (A way of interrupting someone.) Just a minute! Time out! I want to speak!
See also: time

Time !

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If necessary, have your friend restrain her dog at the same time so he doesn't come pestering yours during the time-out.
A common negative punishment is time-out from reinforcement (Delaney, 1999; Landau & MacLeish, 1988; McGuffin, 1991; Rortvedt & Miltenberger, 1994).
This paper presents an instrument for recording coaches' interactions with their players during time-outs in sports such as basketball, volleyball and ice hockey.
The broad premises - "The goal is not to change the child's behavior so much as it is to challenge the behavior" and "Construction, not instruction, is our goal for children" - point the way to concrete suggestions about everything from how to make lunchtime go more smoothly to how to deal with difficult children without resorting to punitive tactics like "time-outs."
Each player will be given two time-outs per round which will double their allotted time should they be faced with a trickier shot that demands more thought.
May Amanda strengthen your teamwork all the more so your little 'Family Three' will have winning moments through all the quarters and time-outs of your life.
the Mavericks used their time-outs to stop the clock as they piled on the pressure, but Warriors stood strong and were able to stop the Mavericks on a fourth down with eight seconds left on the clock.
Regular time-outs on terra firma not only interrupt any ingestion of water, but also give a dog the opportunity to rid her body of extra fluids by urinating.
We've tried time-outs, spells on the naughty chair and even putting him to bed early, but none of it has worked.
It is important to remember with time-outs you only ever give a minute for every year of their age so in your case it's two minutes.
Both of these Essexbased stylists are flair players who will always look to take a pot on unless a safety shot is absolutely necessary and they are so brisk around the table that time-outs are rarely required in the shot-clock format.
But with my daughter, we don't obviously do any of that, we give her time-outs," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Alba as saying.
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