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Definition of slack noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    slack

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//slæk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//slæk//
     
    [uncountable] see also slacks Running a business
     
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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. See related entries: Running a business
  3. 3very small pieces of coal
  4. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 Old English slæc ‘inclined to be lazy, unhurried’, of Germanic origin; related to Latin laxus ‘loose’. noun sense 3 late Middle English: probably from Low German or Dutch.Idioms
    cut somebody some slack
     
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    (informal) to be less critical of somebody or less strict with them Hey, cut him some slack! He's doing his best!
    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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: slack