Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

a window of opportunity

1) a short time (in a schedule)
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    • window in my schedule, window of opportunity
  • Analysis
    A 'window' is literally a panel of glass in a house or a door to allow light in or to be able to open in order to introduce fresh air into a room. 'Window' also has a figurative meaning.  A 'window of opportunity' (idiom) is a specific length of time you might have to take advantage of something or to make something happen (usually something good). You can say you have 'a window' in your schedule, which is a space between appointments when you have time to see someone or do something. Sometimes people just speak of a short space of time as 'a window', because once the 'window' has closed, the time has passed. You are more likely to hear this used in a business context, and especially in relation to appointments, timetable and schedules.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The rocket has to be launched between 3 and 4. It's a very tight window, so everything has to run to schedule.
    2. As the exam date got closer, Billy knew his window of opportunity for study and revision was closing.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Let me just check if I can fit you in for an appointment next week. I should have a window in my schedule somewhere.
    2. I think I have a window today at 2pm. Does that suit?
    3. The experienced computer engineer viewed his redundancy as a window of opportunity, as he knew he could get a fresh start in a new company.
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