leeway

[ lee-wey ]
/ ˈliˌweɪ /

noun

extra time, space, materials, or the like, within which to operate; margin: With ten minutes' leeway we can catch the train.
a degree of freedom of action or thought: His instructions gave us plenty of leeway.
Also called sag. Nautical. the amount or angle of the drift of a ship to leeward from its heading.
Aeronautics. the amount a plane is blown off its normal course by cross winds.

Origin of leeway

First recorded in 1660–70; lee1 + way1
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leeway

/ (ˈliːˌweɪ) /

noun

room for free movement within limits, as in action or expenditure
sideways drift of a boat or aircraft

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