Word forms: plural time outs
1. variable noun
In basketball, American football, ice hockey, and some other sports, when a team calls
a time out, they call a stop to the game for a few minutes in order to rest and discuss how
they are going to play.
2. uncountable noun
If you take time out from a job or activity, you have a break from it and do something different instead.
He took time out from campaigning to accompany his mother to dinner.
...women returning to the labour market after time out to raise young families.
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