give/cut (someone) some slack

idiom

Definition of give/cut (someone) some slack

informal
: to treat (someone) in a less harsh or critical way
  • Would you give/cut me some slack? I'm doing the best I can.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

cut play
  1. : to penetrate with or as if with an edged instrument

  2. : to hurt the feelings of

  3. : to strike sharply with a cutting effect

  1. : a product of cutting: such as

  2. : an opening made with an edged instrument

  3. : a wound made by something sharp : gash

  1. : marked by a well-developed and highly defined musculature

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

some play
  1. : being an unknown, undetermined, or unspecified unit or thing

  2. : being one, a part, or an unspecified number of something (such as a class or group) named or implied

  3. : being of an unspecified amount or number

  1. : one indeterminate quantity, portion, or number as distinguished from the rest

  2. : an indefinite additional amount

  1. : about

  2. : in some degree : somewhat

  3. : to some degree or extent : a little

  1. : characterized by a (specified) thing, quality, state, or action

  1. : group of (so many) members and especially persons

  1. : body

  2. : chromosome

slack play
  1. : not using due diligence, care, or dispatch : negligent

  2. : characterized by slowness, sluggishness, or lack of energy

  3. : moderate in some quality

  1. : to be or become slack

  2. : to shirk or evade work or duty

  3. : to be slack or negligent in performing or doing

  1. : cessation in movement or flow

  2. : a part of something that hangs loose without strain

  3. : trousers especially for casual wear

  1. : a pass between hills

  1. : the finest screenings of coal produced at a mine unusable as fuel unless cleaned


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