[ el-boh-room, -room ]
/ ˈɛl boʊˌrum, -ˌrʊm /
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ample room; space in which to move freely.
scope; opportunity: a job with elbowroom.
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Origin of elbowroom

First recorded in 1530–40; elbow + room
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How to use elbowroom in a sentence

  • A State of unbounded plains and hills and Badlands—elbowroom.

    North Dakota|Various
  • For the newspaper fellows they rigged up elbowroom accommodations of bench and table against the base of the judges' kiosk.

    Those Times And These|Irvin S. Cobb
  • Tellsons wanted not elbowroom, Tellsons wanted no light, Tellsons wanted no embellishment.

British Dictionary definitions for elbowroom

/ (ˈɛlbəʊˌruːm, -ˌrʊm) /

sufficient scope to move or function
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Other Idioms and Phrases with elbowroom

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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