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elbow room

1. Enough space to move around an area easily. Ugh, the mall is so crowded today that there's hardly any elbow room at all!
2. The freedom and ability to act as one wants. Well, you're her cabinet—if you're worried about her having too much elbow room as student council president, you should impose limitations.
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elbow room

Enough space to move about, as in Two hundred on the stage? There won't be any elbow room. This term alludes to having enough room to extend one's elbows. [Late 1500s]
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elbow room

1. If someone gives you elbow room, they give you the freedom to do what you want to do in a particular situation. He promised governors that he would give them more elbow room to encourage innovation. The decision has allowed us more electoral elbow room and political flexibility.
2. If you have enough elbow room, you have enough space to move freely or feel comfortable, without feeling crowded. There was not much elbow room in the cockpit. To have this much elbow room in London, you would need to be a billionaire.
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ˈelbow room

(informal)
1 enough space to move in: October is a good time to visit as there are fewer tourists and more elbow room in the restaurants.
2 the freedom to do something: Teachers often feel they have little elbow room to try new methods.
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In April 1989, Winwood - by now a huge star - played a secret Elbow Room show for the badly burned victim of a house fire.
The two parties supported the government from outside but their support provided the Congress with the elbow room to push through policy decisions in parliament to maintain high growth.
Traffic's experimental music in the 60s drew attention from stars such as Steve Winwood, from the Spencer Davis Group, who would join in on jamming sessions at the Elbow Room.
A team of 20, plus a few floaters, scrapping for elbow room in a stale-air environment ain't fun, and in terms of basic working conditions, 'the meejah' is entitled to be brought into the new millennium at a track where the seven-day Festival meeting comes second only to Galway in terms of crowds and betting turnover.
As well as providing more elbow room than conventional five- seater superminis, this also provides a combination of decent legroom or good boot space.
McPherson for short stories: I changed when I read his Elbow Room and Hue and Cry.
There are presently two stores available that can be leased separately or together: The Elbow Room Bar, with 5,800 SF, ground level, and Kim's Video 111 with approximately 4,000 SF on the selling concourse.
ELBOW ROOM It may sound like science fiction, but the notion that we are living in a universe with extra, unseen dimensions has a long history in theoretical physics.
Armands Pharmacy has taken up the tradition in a salute to the old Elbow Room (and Tail O'The Pup).
The expansion gives our customers some elbow room, as well as allow us to offer more services," co-owner Barbara Collurafici said.
The venue was appropriate, as the girls needed plenty of elbow room as they enjoyed a game of pool.
Do you think they found some elbow room And settled down in there?
In the new-home building business, ample elbow room is diminishing because of rising land costs and density requirements.
The wide open spaces of the frontier, on the other hand, give us the elbow room we need, as well as a place to start over, to be reborn or redeemed.
The Dilettanti finally found plenty elbow room when racing to a clear cut success in the Torch Motor Policies Handicap at Newmarket.