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[el-boh-room, -roo m]
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  1. ample room; space in which to move freely.
  2. scope; opportunity: a job with elbowroom.
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Origin of elbowroom

First recorded in 1530–40; elbow + room
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Historical Examples

  • Tellsons wanted not elbowroom, Tellsons wanted no light, Tellsons wanted no embellishment.

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British Dictionary definitions for elbowroom


  1. sufficient scope to move or function
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