What does the word leeway mean?

Usage examples for leeway

  1. The leeway to be made up after the destructive action of the penal laws was so enormous that Catholic philanthropists had no time or will for high politics, and devoted their whole energy to the further relaxation of those laws, to the education of their backward co- religionists, and to the mitigation of poverty. – The Framework of Home Rule by Erskine Childers
  2. Most industries and most companies have adequate leeway within which to grant substantial wage increases. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  3. We knew she would not have too much leeway coming on, and what berth she was after kept everybody guessing. – The Seiners by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly