elbow room

elbowroom

[el-boh-room, -room]
noun
1.
ample room; space in which to move freely.
2.
scope; opportunity: a job with elbowroom.

Origin:
1530–40; elbow + room

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elbowroom (ˈɛlbəʊˌruːm, -ˌrʊm)
 
n
sufficient scope to move or function

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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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