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
The coach asked for a time-out to talk to her players.
The coach called a time-out.
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
We’ve been working all morning. Let’s take a time-out and get some coffee.
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
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!
There’s no talking during time-out.