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breathing room Syllabification: breath·ing room

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of breathing room in English:


1Sufficient room to move and breathe comfortably.
Example sentences
  • Still the bus stopped for a few more people to squeeze into what was left of the breathing room.
  • Why people would want to act like herded cattle instead of having some breathing room is beyond me.
  • There was perhaps only about five inches of breathing room left in the car.
1.1Breathing space.
Example sentences
  • They would like nothing more than some breathing room.
  • There's still a need for political reconciliation, for breathing room.
  • China could also give Taiwan more breathing room internationally.
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