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E'lbowroom. n.s. [elbow and room.] Room to stretch out the elbows on each side; perfect freedom from confinement.

                Now my soul hath elbowroom;
It would not out at windows nor at doors.

The natives are not so many, but that there may be elbowroom enough for them, and for the adventives also. Bacon.

A politician must put himself into a state of liberty, so to provide elbowroom for his conscience to have its full play in. South's Sermons.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Shakespeare's King John (43) · South, Robert (158)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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