After a reprieve over the spring and summer, debt-ceiling brinksmanship is about to resume.
Bad weather, however, gave her a reprieve; a spring rainstorm forced a postponement, pushing her appearance back 24 hours.
Everything speeded up for him over the past month, and this reprieve he's been forced to take is exactly what he needs.
When reprieve lawyer Cori Crider first met Hisham Sliti, she wore a hijab out of respect for his religion.
A reprieve spokesman called the Laotian judicial system “a farce.”
The reprieve in such circumstances was omitted often enough to make the condemned endure the real agony of death.
The reprieve was effected in an instant, and along with it the release of the prisoners.
Mr. Moore then asked the sheriff to delay execution till he could see the Governor and get a reprieve.
For answer she placed the reprieve in the hands of the Sheriff.
Pity that Clootz had not had a reprieve from the guillotine till he had completed his work!
1570s, reprive, "take back to prison," alteration (perhaps by influence of reprove) of Middle English repryen "to remand, detain" (late 15c.), probably from Middle French repris, past participle of reprendre "take back" (see reprise). Meaning "to suspend an impending execution" is recorded from 1590s; this sense evolved because being sent back to prison was the alternative to being executed. Spelling with -ie- is from 1640s, perhaps by analogy of achieve, etc. Related: Reprieved; reprieving.
1590s, from reprieve (v.).