Definition of elbow room in English:

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elbow room

noun

informal
Adequate space to move or work in: the car has elbow room for four adults figurative Quebec wants a little more elbow room within the federation
More example sentences
  • People have to compete with each other for elbow room and breathing space, both of which are in short supply.
  • The deteriorating quality and the shrinking greenery around the city adds weight to the proposal to provide it a little more elbow room or breathing space.
  • One can be left in place and used as a couch while the other is stowed away allowing more than enough elbow room to move round.
Synonyms
room to maneuver, room, space, breathing space, personal space, scope, opportunity, freedom, play, free rein, license, latitude, leeway

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Syllabification: el·bow room

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