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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 A punishment for young children who have misbehaved by secluding them from other people for a brief period of time. 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.
3. 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.
See also: out, time

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.
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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!
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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

time out

v.
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
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Removing an inappropriate object or resorting to cheerful time-outs can redirect the behavior to objects that are more acceptable, such as a stuffed dog toy.
In a time-out situation, one coach might present process oriented statements, trying to keep the players "on track" and focused on the next actions of the game, while another coach under stress might focus on "the need to win this one to stay in the race for the play-offs.
If a half-dozen time-outs have absolutely no effect, end the play session for the day.
It has apparently become SOP to call a time-out in every potential jump-ball situation in order to retain possession.
By and large, managers would probably exploit the time-outs for rest purposes and use them late in the game.
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In the other school, children were disciplined for similar offenses with the use of time-outs and verbal reprimands.
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THESE days our top football bosses are taking more time-outs than American basketball coaches.
Teachers and trainees working with young children are the intended audience for this book, which introduces the problem-solving philosophy to managing behavior issues, presented here as an alternative to disciplinary techniques such as time-outs.
Electronic Message Centers allow facilities to sell advertising to generate incremental revenue during time-outs, while also displaying game statistics, out of town scores and animations to further involve the fans.
West was clearly struggling, having just undergone surgery on his leg, and had to take several time-outs on a stool at the side of the stage.
The end result is screen lock-ups, time-outs or delays.
Speaking up on such matters will surely only mean more cultural time-outs in the political wilderness, but that's OK.
They can grant users varying levels of access to settings and projects, monitor activity, and set log-in time-outs.
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