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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.
There's too much slack in the rope.
Cut him a little slack – his father just died.
Why should their colleagues have to pick up the slack?
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American English version of definition of slack
used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend
the bone at the front of your lower leg, between your knee and your ankle. A more usual word is...
a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career
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Definition of slack from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.