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reprieve in Crime & law topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishreprievere‧prieve1 /rɪˈpriːv/ noun [countable]  1 SCa delay before something bad happens or continues to happenrespitereprieve from Shoppers will get a temporary reprieve from the new sales tax.2 an official order stopping the killing of a prisoner as a punishmentgive/grant somebody a reprieve The US Supreme Court voted against granting Smith a reprieve (=against giving him one).
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reprieveHe was granted a reprieve only a few hours before his execution.The men just need a reprieve.But even more of a reprieve was lurking round the corner.Fortunately, I received a reprieve because my boss had a nervous breakdown before he could implement his plan.We might be forgiven for keeping our fingers crossed that the Council Tax will represent a reprieve.The U.S. Supreme Court voted against granting Smith a reprieve.But a day after the blow-up, the committee assigned to seek a compromise won a three-month reprieve.No reprieve for the boat people.The group protested against a possible reprieve for an inmate on death row in Texas.According to some reports, the Government plans to limit the reprieve for some pits to just two years.give/grant somebody a reprieveCivilization, which seemed at an end only two weeks ago, has been given a reprieve.London zoo gets reprieve CLOSURE-threatened London Zoo has been given a last-minute reprieve because so many people want to visit it.Bus pass reprieve: Langbaurgh pensioners' free bus passes have been given a reprieve until the end of April.You've been given a reprieve.He remembered how innocently they had discussed which natives they would blow to smithereens and which they would grant a reprieve to.