Meaning of “elbow room” in the English Dictionary

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"elbow room" in British English

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elbow roomnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈel.bəʊ ˌruːm/ us /ˈel.boʊ ˌruːm/

space to move around in:

We were tightly squashed in at dinner, with very little elbow room.

freedom to do what you want:

At first the management gave the new director plenty of elbow room.

(Definition of “elbow room” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"elbow room" in American English

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space in which to move around:

With five people in my little car, there won’t be enough elbow room.

(Definition of “elbow room” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)