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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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*some elbow room

Fig. room to move about in; extra space to move about in. (*Typically: allow ~; get ~; have ~; give someone ~; need ~.) This table is too crowded. We all need some elbow room.
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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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elbow room

Enough space. This metaphor for having enough space to extend one’s elbows has been used since the sixteenth century. “Now my soul hath elbow-room,” wrote Shakespeare (King John, 5.7).
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