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reprieve

1 noun
     
Related topics: Crime and Law
re‧prieve1 [countable]
1SC a delay before something bad happens or continues to happen [↪ respite]
reprieve from
Shoppers will get a temporary reprieve from the new sales tax.
2 an official order stopping the killing of a prisoner as a punishment
give/grant somebody a reprieve
The US Supreme Court voted against granting Smith a reprieve (=against giving him one).

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