Noun > Time-out

Noun – Time-out

1 : a short period of time during a sports event when the game stops and the players rest or talk to their coach

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The coach asked for a time-out to talk to her players.

The coach called a time-out.

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The quarterback called time-out (=asked for a time-out) with 20 seconds remaining.

2 : a short period of time when you stop doing something so that you can rest or do something else

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We’ve been working all morning. Let’s take a time-out and get some coffee.

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Let’s take time-out for a few minutes.

3 US : a short period of time when a child must sit quietly as punishment for behaving badly

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The book talks about the proper way to use time-outs.

If you do that again, you’re getting a time-out! = If you do that again, I’m giving you a time-out!

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There’s no talking during time-out.