time-out

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time-out (plural time-outs)

  1. (sports) A short break in the action of a sport, for substitution, consultation, etc.
    We're being beaten! We need a time-out!
  2. A break from a tense, heated or stressful situation (often enforced, sometimes as a disciplinary measure); a cooling-off period.
    I'm going to take a brief time-out from this job.
    Hitting people is not acceptable! Go to your room and take a time-out!
  3. (communication) The intentional ending of an incomplete task after a time limit considered long enough for it to end normally.

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