breathing-space

breathing space

noun
1.
Also called breathing spell. an opportunity to rest or think.
2.
sufficient space in which to move, work, etc.: The train was so crowded that there was hardly breathing space.

Origin:
1640–50

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breathing space
 
n
1.  enough area to permit freedom of movement: the country gives us some breathing space
2.  a pause for rest, etc: a coffee break was their only breathing space

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