- 1The amount of freedom to move or act that is available: the government had greater leeway to introduce reformsMore example sentences
freedom, scope, room to manoeuvre, latitude, elbow room, slack, space, room, liberty, room to spare, room to operate, scope for initiative, freedom of action, freedom from restriction, a free hand, flexibility, independence, licence, self-determination, free rein, free play, unrestrictedness, indulgence, margin, play, give, laxity, leisure; French carte blanche
- Because of it she had been given more freedom and leeway then other daughters of kings.
- Our readers have a fair amount of leeway in choosing where they earn those frequent-traveler points.
- And I think the press is at least giving them leeway now to make those moves.
- 1.1Margin of safety: there is little leeway if anything goes wrongMore example sentences
- Up here in the still vastness there is no margin for error, no wiggle room, no leeway between getting it right and dying.
make up (the) leeway
- British Struggle out of a bad position, especially by recovering lost time: he never made up the leeway and was five lengths down at the finishMore example sentences
- It has to make up the leeway elsewhere through its legendary cost-cutting programmes.
- The Danehill Dancer filly quickly made up the leeway under Michael Hills to challenge with two of the seven furlongs to go.
- Meldrum trailed Shamash by five shots after an opening 83 but just failed to make up the leeway with a 73.