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Idioms for slack

    take up the slack,
    1. to pull in or make taut a loose section of a rope, line, wire, etc.: Take up the slack before releasing the kite.
    2. to provide or compensate for something that is missing or incomplete: New sources of oil will take up the slack resulting from the embargo.

Origin of slack

1
First recorded before 900; Middle English slac (adjective), Old English sleac, slæc; cognate with Old Norse slakr, Old High German slach, Latin laxuslax

OTHER WORDS FROM slack

Definition for slack (2 of 2)

slack2
[ slak ]
/ slæk /

noun

the fine screenings of coal.

Origin of slack

2
1400–50; late Middle English sleck<Middle Dutch slacke,slecke
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British Dictionary definitions for slack (1 of 2)

See also slacks

Derived forms of slack

slackly, adverbslackness, noun

Word Origin for slack

Old English slæc, sleac; related to Old High German slah, Old Norse slākr bad, Latin laxus lax

British Dictionary definitions for slack (2 of 2)

slack2
/ (slæk) /

noun

small pieces of coal with a high ash content

Word Origin for slack

C15: probably from Middle Low German slecke; related to Dutch slak, German Schlacke dross
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