breathing spell

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The 8th Army was fortunate in having enough of a breathing spell before El Alamein's final stage to implement fundamental changes.
I believe that the great Creator has put ores and oil on this earth to give us a breathing spell.
Investors had a breathing spell in the morning as there were no particular positive incentives following yesterday's advance and ahead of the key events,'' said Yumi Nishimura, manager of the equity planning and administration department of Daiwa Securities SMBC Co.
There's little room for that in Crystal's show, where even the pauses for laughs, applause or empathetic "ohhhs" and "awwws" seem calibrated with a Swiss mechanism--often actively invited by the star with a gesture or a grin--right down to a breathing spell near the end that allows for a conclusion that also functions as a built-in encore.