time-out

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Singular
time-out

Plural
time-outs

  1. (countable) In sports a time-out is when the coach asks for a short stop in the game to talk with the team.
    The coach of the home team is asking for a time-out.
  2. (countable) A time-out is a short period to relax from a situation that causes stress.
    I need a time-out from this meeting.