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time out

noun
     
Related topics: Sport, Computers
time out
1

take time out (to do something)

informal to rest or do something different from your usual job or activities:
In between jobs, Liz always took time out to return to her first love - travelling.
2DS [uncountable and countable] a short break during a sports match when the teams can rest, get instructions from their manager etc:
With 15.7 seconds left, Washington State called time out.
3TD [countable] an occasion when a computer stops using a particular program because the user has not done any work for a period of time

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