wiggle room

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wiggle room ‎(uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) The opportunity to make alternative decisions or to pursue other courses of action, especially any involving only minor changes to one's present situation or course.
    • 1999, Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins, Apollyon: The Destroyer is Unleashed, ISBN 9780842329262, p. 145:
      There was no wiggle room here, no leeway, no margin for error.
    • 2003, Terry McCarthy and Karen Tumulty, "Davis vs. Davis," Time, 4 Aug.:
      "Nothing I know right now interests me in running," she said last week. But that leaves her some wiggle room, should things change.