Meaning of SLACK in English

SLACK

~ 1

■ adjective

1》 not taut or held tightly in position; loose.

2》 (of business or trade) not busy; quiet.

3》 careless, lazy, or negligent.

4》 W. Indian lewd or promiscuous.

5》 (of a tide) neither ebbing nor flowing.

■ noun

1》 the part of a rope or line which is not held taut.

2》 ( ~s ) casual trousers.

3》 informal a period of inactivity or laziness.

■ verb

1》 loosen (something, especially a rope).

2》 ( ~ off/up ) decrease in intensity or speed.

3》 Brit. informal work slowly or lazily.

4》 slake (lime).

Phrases

cut someone some ~ N. Amer. informal allow someone some leeway in their conduct.

take (or pick ) up the ~ improve the use of resources to avoid an undesirable lull in business.

Derivatives

~en verb

~ly adverb

~ness noun

Origin

OE slæc 'inclined to be lazy, unhurried', of Gmc origin.

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~ 2

■ noun coal dust or small pieces of coal.

Origin

ME: prob. from Low Ger. or Du.

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