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English definition of “leeway”

leeway

noun [U] uk   /ˈliː.weɪ/ us  

leeway noun [U] (FREEDOM)

freedom to act within particular limits: Local councils will be given some leeway as to how they implement the legislation.

leeway noun [U] (PERIOD OF TIME)

UK an amount or period of time that has been lost or wasted: There is a lot of leeway to make up after the holiday period.
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