- a brief suspension of activity; intermission or break.
- Sports. a short interruption in a regular period of play during which a referee or other official stops the clock so that the players may rest, deliberate, make substitutions, etc.
Origin of time-out
First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for time-out
But that whole situation was defused by her taking a time-out and me talking to her and explaining what I meant.Porn Star James Deen on His ‘Canyons’ Experience With Lindsay Lohan
January 17, 2013
Still other sites have chosen to give commenters a time-out to allow tempers to cool down.The Meanest Commenters on the Web
September 12, 2010
- sport an interruption in play during which players rest, discuss tactics, or make substitutions
- a break taken during working hours
- computing a condition occurring when the amount of time a computer has been instructed to wait for another device to perform a task has expired, usually indicated by an error message
- (intr) (of a computer) to stop operating because of a time-out
Word Origin and History for time-out
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper