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timeout

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˌtaɪmˈaʊt/ us  
a short period during a game in some sports when the players stop playing in order to rest, plan what they are going to do next, etc.: The coach called a timeout to discuss strategy.Parts and stages of competitionsGeneral terms used in ball sports

timeout

exclamation, noun uk   /ˌtaɪmˈaʊt/ US us  
used to tell people to stop what they are doing, especially when they are having a disagreement: OK, timeout, everyone, let's all quiet down and talk about this calmly.Expressions telling people to stop doing something
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