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.

Examples of pick/take up the slack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That offseason, the Orioles sold their ace pitcher, Lefty Grove, to the Philadelphia Athletics, hoping Earnshaw would pick up the slack. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 14 May 2024 That shortage sent homeowners’ rates soaring to above three times the national average of $1,700 per year, and forced Florida’s Citizens’ Property Insurance Corporation to pick up the slack. Dylan Sloan, Fortune, 2 May 2024 As social media platforms pull back on monetization, brand deals pick up the slack. Ebony Flake, Essence, 16 Apr. 2024 Anthony Edwards again struggled from the field and, this time, there was no one else stepping up to pick up the slack. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 6 Apr. 2024 With Huerter and Monk out, the Kings have relied on Keon Ellis, Davion Mitchell and Trey Lyles to pick up the slack in their place. Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee, 5 Apr. 2024 Environmentalists around the region said that the move would affect states like Wisconsin that will now have to pick up the slack to keep regional waterbodies clean. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2024 On a positive note, Kering became less reliant on Gucci during that time, dropping from 60% of revenues in 2019 to 50% in 2023, but its other reporting brands and sectors didn’t pick up the slack. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 If Nvidia falters, other stocks are likely, at some point, to pick up the slack. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2024

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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 13 Jun. 2024.

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