- Also called breathing spell. an opportunity to rest or think.
- sufficient space in which to move, work, etc.: The train was so crowded that there was hardly breathing space.
Origin of breathing space
- enough area to permit freedom of movementthe country gives us some breathing space
- a pause for rest, etca coffee break was their only breathing space
Room or time in which to breathe, as in In that crowded hall, there was hardly any breathing space. Previously this term was put as breathing room. [Mid-1600s]
A rest or pause. For example, I can't work at this all day; I need some breathing space. This usage replaced the earlier breathing while. [Mid-1600s]