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Idioms for slack
- to pull in or make taut a loose section of a rope, line, wire, etc.: Take up the slack before releasing the kite.
- to provide or compensate for something that is missing or incomplete: New sources of oil will take up the slack resulting from the embargo.
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Definition for slack (2 of 2)
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Example sentences from the Web for slack
So there we stood, slack-jawed, clutching our skateboards like rosary beads, each of us planning to recover the jacket — a priceless artifact in our minds, our own Shroud of Turin — before any of the others did.
Cut yourself some slack for not bookmarking this game when the schedule was released.With A Win Over Ohio State, Indiana Would Be In The Big Ten Driver’s Seat. Wait, What?|Josh Planos|November 18, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
If no part of Lee’s initial sales pitch grabbed you, it’s safe to say this game isn’t for you at all, and you shouldn’t expect the story to pick up the slack.‘Godfall’ impressions: A solid, sometimes boring adventure|Gene Park|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
When Harrington fell, there was a healthy loop of slack in the rope.Behind the Scenes of Emily Harrington's Historic Climb|Andrew Bisharat|November 6, 2020|Outside Online
The included power plug is 47 inches long, so you’ll have a fair amount of slack.Home and office products that make sure-fire gifts|PopSci Commerce Team|October 8, 2020|Popular Science
On the other hand, Speedman spent his late 20s in New York, slacking off.‘The Vow’: What Happened to ‘Felicity’ Hunk Scott Speedman?|Ramin Setoodeh|February 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Without slacking his speed he shifted the reins to his left hand.Mrs. Skaggs's Husbands and Other Stories|Bret Harte
If labor should try slacking, as it did in Russia, the economic state would starve to death and the workers die with it.The Iron Puddler|James J. Davis
"All right," laughed Big-foot, slacking up and tossing the reins back over the pony's neck.The Pony Rider Boys in Texas|Frank Gee Patchin
To him, who wished to go to war, the very thought of slacking and cowardice seemed preposterous—impossible.Tom Slade with the Colors|Percy K. Fitzhugh
Passing a hollow without slacking speed, he was soon on the open ground, and Perdriel lay before him.Ponce de Leon|William Pilling
British Dictionary definitions for slack (1 of 2)
- a patch of water without current
- a slackening of a current