Elbow Room

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Elbow Room’

1. Elbow room means enough space to move around in without unreasonable obstruction. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002,3Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.

2. Freedom to do what one wants to do. 4McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002,5Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.


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Examples Of Use

“Everybody needs to get out of the kitchen while I make dinner,” said Mom. “I need some elbow room.”

“I can’t believe how many people showed up for the concert. There was absolutely no elbow room.”

“Look, if you want me to get this done you’re going to have to give me some elbow room. I can’t work with you breathing down my neck.”

Elbow room idiom meaning

Origin

Used since the late 1500s, this idiom alludes to having room to extend your elbows without them hitting another person. 6Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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Sources   [ + ]

1, 6. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
2, 4. McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002
3, 5. Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.