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slack

adjective uk   /slæk/ us  

slack adjective (NOT TIGHT)

not tight; loose: These tent ropes are too slack - they need tightening.

slack adjective (NOT ACTIVE)

showing little activity; not busy or happening in a positive way: Business is always slack at this time of year. disapproving Discipline in Mr Brown's class has become very slack recently. disapproving The job is taking a long time because the workmen are so slack.
slackly
adverb uk   /ˈslæk.li/ us  

slack

noun uk   /slæk/ us  

slack noun (NOT TIGHT)

[U] the fact that something is too loose: There's too much slack in these ropes. The men pulled on the ropes to take up the slack (= to tighten them).

slack noun (TROUSERS)

slacks [plural] old-fashioned a pair of trousers, usually of a type that fit loosely

slack noun (COAL)

[U] very small pieces and dust from coal

slack

verb [I] uk   /slæk/ informal us  
to work more slowly and with less effort than usual, or to go more slowly: Everyone slacks off/up a bit at the end of the week. disapproving You'll be in trouble if you're caught slacking on the job like that. Slack off your speed as you approach the corner.
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