window of opportunity


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window of opportunity

A short or limited period of time in which one has a favorable opportunity to do, obtain, or accomplish something. The summit offers a window of opportunity for the two countries to reach a peace agreement. Some fear we may have already missed our window of opportunity to get the development plan approved by the city.
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window of opportunity

Fig. a brief time period in which an opportunity exists. This afternoon, I had a brief window of opportunity when I could discuss this with the boss, but she wasn't receptive.
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window of opportunity

a favourable opportunity for doing something that must be seized immediately if it is not to be missed.
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a ˌwindow of opporˈtunity

a limited period of time when you can do something that you want to do or need to do: The government’s difficulties provided the opposition with a window of opportunity to present an alternative policy to the voters.
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window of opportunity, a

A short time in which to accomplish something. This usage became popular during the years of the arms race between the Western and Communist powers, when it referred specifically to a chance for attacking. By about 1980 it had been extended to other narrow chances. Thus the London Sunday Times used it on June 16, 1985, “Regional bank bosses know that they must rush to acquire their neighbours, to make the most of their window of opportunity.” It is rapidly becoming a cliché.
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A release made it clear that the window of opportunity is not an amnesty scheme as no immunity from penalty is being offered.
In a separate statement, Turkey's representatives on the IMF board said the country will have a break from the electoral cycle after June's elections, leaving a "window of opportunity for major structural reforms." - TradeArabia News Service
"Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot negotiators are making important progress, and we urge all parties to make the most of the current window of opportunity and to restart comprehensive talks", the Department of State Spokesperson also said.
"I believe that we have a real window of opportunity open to us at the moment.
"There is a window of opportunity for change in Iran," said Ms Cronberg.
The length of time it takes beta amyloid plaques to develop in the brain is about 15 years, and may offer a window of opportunity to inhibit or slow their growth, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the February 27, 2013 issue of the journal Neurology.
The exports have the support of the Animal Health Service (SENASA) of the Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock (SAG), which opened a new window of opportunity for exports, which will invigorate the Honduran livestock sector.
Gecht entertained the audience with a pointed look at his "Window of Opportunity Principle," demonstrating how that window-moves constantly One example is in the music industry: The window moved from the phonograph to the Sony Walkman, then to the Discman and eventually to the iPod and other mp3 players.
There's a small window of opportunity in a pre-pubescent's life when a Justin, a Donny, a Jagger, a Goss or a Zac can come in and turn it upside down.
Summary: Gordon Brown has said that airports are "taking advantage of the window of opportunity" as volcano ash cloud impact temporarily lessened.
The research builds on emerging evidence from animal studies that reactivating an emotional memory opens a 6-hour window of opportunity in which a training procedure can alter it.
Ms Spain added: "If you are serious about selling, make sure you don't miss this New Year window of opportunity."
Carlisle managing director John Baker said: "Unfortunately the limited window of opportunity we had for the completion of the drainage works has been affected by the recent rainfall."
The three areas that have been highlighted include grey areas within the legislation that are presenting a window of opportunity, the fact that many developers remain unaware of the total benefit available to them and finally, the timing issue means that some developers are missing out on tax relief altogether by holding back on their application for relief.
The window of opportunity; pre-pregnancy to 24 months of age.