pick/take up the slack

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Definition of pick/take up the slack

: to provide or do something that is missing or not getting done The manager has to take up the slack when employees don't do their jobs correctly. When he didn't get the pay raise he was expecting, he had to take another job to pick up the slack for more money.

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“Pick/take up the slack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pick%2Ftake%20up%20the%20slack. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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