time–out /ˈtaɪmˈaʊt/ noun plural time–outs
a short period of time during a sports event when the game stops and the players rest or talk to their coach [count
] ▪ The coach asked for a time-out to talk to her players. ▪ The coach called a time-out.
] ▪ The quarterback called time-out [=asked for a time-out] with 20 seconds remaining.
a short period of time when you stop doing something so that you can rest or do something else [count
] ▪ We've been working all morning. Let's take a time-out and get some coffee.
] ▪ Let's take time-out for a few minutes.
3 US :
a short period of time when a child must sit quietly as punishment for behaving badly [count
] ▪ The book talks about the proper way to use time-outs. ▪ If you do that again, you're getting a time-out! = If you do that again, I'm giving you a time-out!
] ▪ There's no talking during time-out.