slack - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  1. 1
    people, equipment, or money that could be used more effectively in an organization

    There is still a great deal of slack in the budget.

    There’s just no slack in the system to cope with any more patients.

  2. 2
    the fact that a rope is loose, rather than being held or fixed tightly

    There’s too much slack in the rope.