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break, delay, distance, entr'acte, gap, hiatus, interim, interlude, intermission, meantime, meanwhile, opening, pause, period, playtime, respite, rest, season, space, spell, term, time, wait  
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  ( intervals    plural  )
1       n-count   An interval between two events or dates is the period of time between them.  
oft N of n   (=gap)  
The ferry service has restarted after an interval of 12 years...     
2       n-count   An interval during a film, concert, show, or game is a short break between two of the parts.  
  (mainly BRIT)  
During the interval, wine was served...     
in AM, usually use intermission     
3    If something happens at intervals, it happens several times with gaps or pauses in between.  
at intervals      phrase   PHR with v  
She woke him for his medicines at intervals throughout the night.     
4    If things are placed at particular intervals, there are spaces of a particular size between them.  
at intervals      phrase   PHR with v  
Several red and white barriers marked the road at intervals of about a mile...     

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expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."
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