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noun     time out pronunciation in American English
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pluraltime outs
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  1. 1
    [countable] a short period of time in a game of basketball or ice hockey when players rest and plan their game
  2. 2
    [uncountable] a period of time when you stop what you usually do and you rest or do something else instead
    take time out:

    It’s very beneficial to take time out to relax each day.

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
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    a short period of time when a child must sit quietly as a punishment for bad behavior

    Hitting people is unacceptable. I'm giving you a time out.

    Submitted by Caleb Judy from United States on 30/11/2015
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