no elbow room

1.
no elbow room - негде повернуться
Meaning: when sb says there's no room,they mean that a room is very small
There's no elbow room in my flat (BrE).

cf. [not enough room to swing a cat]
яблоку некуда упасть

2.
no elbow room - отсутствие свободы действий

They gave us no elbow room. — Нам не дали свободы действий, не дали развернуться

See also [carte blanche]