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running room

noun
1.
the space between a racer and the nearby competitors in a running race, especially enough to run and maneuver as desired.
2.
the space or leeway permitting ample freedom and flexibility to operate, maneuver, or perform without impairment.
Origin
1980-1985
probably earlier than 1980-85
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  • If the market isn't really at a record high, it may still have a lot of running room.
  • The question seems premature, of course, but a losing party can provide a lot of running room for up-and-comers.

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