let (something) slide

idiom

Definition of let (something) slide

informal
: to do nothing about (something, such as another person's mistake or bad behavior) : to ignore (something)
  • You were late this morning. I'll let it slide this time, but don't let it happen again.
  • It may be best to let things slide this time.

Word by Word Definitions

let play
  1. : to cause to : make

  2. : to give opportunity to or fail to prevent

  3. used in the imperative to introduce a request or proposal

  1. : something that impedes : obstruction

  2. : a shot or point in racket games that does not count and must be replayed

  1. : hinder, prevent

  1. : small one

  2. : article worn on

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

slide play
  1. : to move smoothly along a surface : slip

  2. : to coast over snow or ice

  3. : to fall or dive feetfirst or headfirst when approaching a base

  1. : an act or instance of sliding

  2. : a musical grace of two or more small notes

  3. : portamento


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