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In tears, beg chap desperately for some respite (9,5)


I believe the answer is:

breathing space

'some respite' is the definition.
(breathing space is a kind of respite)

'in tears beg chap desperately' is the wordplay.
'desperately' indicates an anagram.
'intearsbegchap' is an anagram of 'BREATHING-SPACE'.

'for' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for breathing space that I've seen before include "chance to relax", "room", "might give one an opportunity to relax", "Brief respite", "relief".)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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