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reprieve

noun [C] uk   /rɪˈpriːv/ us  
an official order that stops or delays the punishment, especially by death, of a prisoner: He was sentenced to death but was granted a last-minute reprieve. an escape from a bad situation or experience: The injection provided a temporary reprieve from the pain.

reprieve

verb [T] uk   /rɪˈpriːv/ us  
to stop or delay the punishment, especially by death, of a prisoner to provide something or someone with an escape from a bad situation or experience, especially to delay or stop plans to close or end something: The threatened hospitals could now be reprieved.
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