- the termination of a process or event that is taking longer than expected to proceed, and that is more likely to be successful if relaunched, resubmitted, etc.
- the severing of an online connection after a period of inactivity, as when a user is logged out of a secure session on a webpage after a fixed period of time.
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How to use timeout in a sentence
“You knew it was pretty much over then because we had no timeouts,” Mahomes said.What went wrong for the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes in a brutal Super Bowl defeat|Adam Kilgore|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
With that absent, Brooks searched for some other answer all game, exhausting his timeouts before the end of the third quarter.Wizards’ defense falters again in a 119-97 loss to the Hornets|Ava Wallace|February 7, 2021|Washington Post
Frese called a timeout after the Badgers opened the second half with a 7-0 run, and the Terps promptly answered with a 13-0 burst of their own.Brenda Frese pulls even with Chris Weller atop Terps’ all-time wins list|Kareem Copeland|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
I have never once requested a timeout, nor have I been given one.Nine problems with college basketball on TV — and how to fix them|John Feinstein|February 3, 2021|Washington Post
The legislation would have required any school that receives state funding to make a plan to reduce — and eventually eliminate — its reliance on any kind of timeout and restraint over the next three years.Bill Banning Locked Seclusion and Face-Down Restraints in Illinois Schools Stalls as Lawmakers Run Out of Time|by Jennifer Smith Richards, Chicago Tribune, and Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica|January 14, 2021|ProPublica
"We took a blow and had a timeout and I looked down around where we were standing and what I looked at was amazing," he said.Bob Kurland, the First Player to Dunk, Was a Pioneer for Big Men|Kevin Fixler|March 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A “timeout truce” in the campaign cash arms race neither limits free speech nor requires new legislation.Trickle-Down Bribery, or, The Butch Cassidy Congress|Lindsay Mark Lewis|November 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And how about guzzling from the water bottle during a timeout as if he was the only one who was thirsty?
British Dictionary definitions for timeout
Other Idioms and Phrases with timeout
A short break from work or play; also, a punishment for misbehavior in young children in which they are briefly separated from the group. For example, People rush around so much these days that I think everyone should take some time out now and then, or We don't throw food, Brian; you need some time out to think about it. This expression comes from a number of sports in which it signifies an interruption in play where the officials stop the clock, for purposes of rest, making a substitution, or consultation. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.