verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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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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Example sentences from the Web for slacking
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
"Mind, I speak as a friend," he added, slacking his horses' pace and poising his whip.A Bottle in the Smoke|Milne Rae
While not slacking himself, he "kept an eye" on his partner as best he could.Labrador Days|Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
Jerry and Bob lowered him carefully down the shaft, until the slacking of the rope told that he was at the bottom.The Motor Boys in Mexico|Clarence Young
But it is a disgrace to be beaten for slacking either at games or work.
After tea he gave him six for slacking: and all delusions about Golding's bravery were immediately dispelled.
British Dictionary definitions for slacking (1 of 2)
- a patch of water without current
- a slackening of a current