a period arranged by agreement to allow for negotiation and an abatement of tension between disputing parties: The law calls for a cooling-off period before a strike can begin.
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stoppage, lag, setback, moratorium, postponement, suspension, problem, wait, holdup, obstruction, check, reprieve, surcease, holding, lingering, filibuster, tie-up, remission, stop, detention
- coolie hat,
- cooling board,
- cooling degree-day,
- cooling tower,
Origin of cooling-off period
First recorded in 1945–50
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a period during which the contending sides to a dispute reconsider their options before taking further action
a statutory period, often 14 days, that begins when a sale contract or life-assurance policy is received by a member of the public, during which the contract or policy can be cancelled without loss
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