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slack off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v slack off become less in amount or intensity "The storm abated","The rain let up after a few hours"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Slack off to ease off
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sleac; Sw. slak, Ice. slakr.

Usage

In literature:

I will say I waited for the rain to slack, and the two storms will clear off about the same time, I dare say.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 105, July 1866" by Various
Know what'll happen if they slack off.
"Alarm Clock" by Everett B. Cole
He shouted to her to slack off the line, but of course the roar of the water drowned his puny voice.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
SLACK OFF, OR SLACKEN!
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The cord should be slack, and that will admit of the gaiter coming off.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
Slack the brail off, Jack.
"A Chapter of Adventures" by G. A. Henty
Her cordage would have slacked off more and she wouldn't look so trim.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
You have got to be braced and watchful; it's a grim country and it kills off the slack.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Fortunately the line was slack and I could throw off the drag and let him run.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
The gear employed to take him off the drum is not strong enough; he gets slack on the drum and plays the mischief.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume 9" by Robert Louis Stevenson
You had better slack off, dear boy!
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
They did not tell Claudia its full contents for fear she might slack off work, but they could not help throwing out hints.
"The Head Girl at the Gables" by Angela Brazil
I'll slack off and let them come up.
"Luttrell Of Arran Complete" by Charles James Lever
Miguel pushed her off, and with oars splashing slackly she moved downstream.
"The Coast of Adventure" by Harold Bindloss
But don't you think she would steer easier with the sheet slacked off a foot or two?
"Thrice Armed" by Harold Bindloss
Now go over and take in the slack, whilst Bob swigs off on the throat-halliards: that will do.
"Practical Boat-Sailing" by Douglas Frazar
Shortly afterward, he apprenticed himself to a carpenter for a brief time, but when the work slacked off he obtained work with the B.
"Smithsonian Institution - United States National Museum - Bulletin 240" by Anonymous
Slack off yer sheets!
"The Viking Blood" by Frederick William Wallace
No need to slack off yet.
"The Pillar of Light" by Louis Tracy
A term sometimes used for slacking off a little on a brace, and then belaying it.
"The Seaman's Friend" by Richard Henry Dana
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In poetry:

They turned it on its warty back,
From off its bloated belly;
It legs jerked out, then dangled slack;
It quivered like a jelly.
"The Smoking Frog" by Robert W Service
And while they stood shivering with the cold,
One of the party a particular horse did behold,
Which was known by the name of Old Jack,
So to take off his bridle they were not slack.
"Lost on the Prairie" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

5 Ways to NOT Slack Off on Winter Running.
Now I don't care for waiting in line, but I don't think the cashiers were slacking off before.
Well it sure as Hell is, with fork lifting champs all over the world slacking off at work daily to practice their tricks.
This is no time to slack off in the garden.
Susan Chang was slacking off for a while on a particular task.
Hire Someone To Slap You in the Face When You Slack Off .
Kyle Arrington won't pick this time to slack off .
In final month, Rep Howard Berman isn't slacking off.
In final month, Rep Howard Berman isn't slacking off.
Slacking off over the holidays can diminish all of your progress.
Summertime can mean slacking off for some workers, but don't get caught up in that.
Since then it has slacked off somewhat: 61 men, women and children experienced violent encounters with sharks last year.
Everybody slacks off at work.
Patrick Dove/Standard-Times Workers carry off an injured calf Wednesday morning during the second day of slack events at the 1st Community Credit Union Spur Arena in San Angelo.
Spurs build lead, then slack off.
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