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Definition of slack noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the part of a rope, etc. that is hanging loosely There's too much slack in the tow rope.
  2. 2people, money, or space that should be used more fully in an organization There's very little slack in the budget.
  3. 3very small pieces of coal see also slacks
  4. Idioms
    cut somebody some slack (informal)
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    to be less critical of someone or less strict with them Hey, cut him some slack! He's doing his best!
      take up the slack
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    1. 1to improve the way money or people are used in an organization
    2. 2to pull on a rope, etc. until it is tight We took up the slack and then pulled as hard as we could.
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