[ el-boh-room, -roo m ]
/ ˈɛl boʊˌrum, -ˌrʊm /


ample room; space in which to move freely.
scope; opportunity: a job with elbowroom.

Origin of elbowroom

First recorded in 1530–40; elbow + room
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British Dictionary definitions for elbow room

/ (ˈɛlbəʊˌruːm, -ˌrʊm) /


sufficient scope to move or function
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Idioms and Phrases with elbow room

elbow room

Enough space to move about, as in Two hundred on the stage? There won't be any elbow room. This term alludes to having enough room to extend one's elbows. [Late 1500s]

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