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noun     time out pronunciation in British English
/ˌtaɪm ˈaʊt/
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singulartime out
pluraltime outs
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  1. 1
    [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.

  2. 2
    [countable] a short period of time in a game of basketball or ice hockey when players rest and plan their game
  3. 3
    [countable] a short period of time when a child has to sit quietly alone as a punishment for bad behaviour

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

    This meaning is based on one submitted to the Open Dictionary by: Caleb Judy from United States on 30/11/2015


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