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slack up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v slack up make less active or fast "He slackened his pace as he got tired","Don't relax your efforts now"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Slack up to ease off: to slow
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

It had hung a little slack, but all at once this slack was jerked up as though some one had pulled the cord.
"Cab and Caboose" by Kirk Munroe
When he came up again, we got in all the slack of the line that we could, as before.
"Cast Away in the Cold" by Isaac I. Hayes
A thick eyebrow shot up immediately and he allowed his pipe to hang slackly from his mouth.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Then it struck the slack in the cable and slowed up.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
That work was slacking up so he'd decided on a ten per cent.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
At last they felt that the end was being lifted up, and all the slack hauled in.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
There is, however, much more business than usual at the end to make up for any slackness at the beginning.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1" by George Saintsbury
When our minds are made up, there's no use in being slack.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
Jack Slack and I, arm-in-arm, entered Broadway, and proceeded at a leisurely pace up that noble avenue.
"My Life: or the Adventures of Geo. Thompson" by George Thompson
He is a rather slack, easy man; while you, if I'm not greatly mistaken, are in the habit of standing up for your rights.
"The Young Surveyor;" by J. T. Trowbridge
Remember you're to earn your living by picking up sticks, so don't slack!
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
He often drove up to Tewitt Hall, Oakworth, and Slack-lane Chapel.
"Adventures and Recollections" by Bill o'th' Hoylus End
So intent was I on the job of getting up the slack line that I scarcely looked up from the reel.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Leave plenty of slack till you see me come up.
"The Rushton Boys at Treasure Cove" by Spencer Davenport
Ye called up ghosts, believing they were slack To follow any voice from Gilboa's tents, ...
"The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume IV" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Soon, however, the road became steeper, and Betty slacked up.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
Follow me until you have taken up the slack of the rope.
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy
The extra tension that everyone carries with him has been removed, and the body merely takes up the slack.
"Forget Me Nearly" by Floyd L. Wallace
An elderly man with a heavy mustache and a heavy body stood partway up the stairs, clad in slacks and shirt.
"Instant of Decision" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Servants become very slack unless they are kept up to their work.
"Notwithstanding" by Mary Cholmondeley
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In poetry:

They dauner't up an' doun a while,
But whan they turn'd the aul' dyke back
They heard the cryin' o' a bairn,
That skirl'd as if it ne'er wad slack.
"The Greetin' Bairn" by Janet Hamilton
Imperious coxcomb! is your stomach vexed?
Pray slack your rage, and hearken what comes next:
I have a writ to take you up; therefore,
To chafe your blood, I bid you stand, once more.
"A Dialogue Betwixt An Exciseman And Death" by Anonymous British
I shook out a loop when we got to a flat,
I threw a riata and it fit like my hat.
He sure gave up quick when I jerked out the slack,
Then I noticed some old saddle marks on his back.
"The Ridge-Running Roan" by Curley Fletcher
O'er Wibsey Slack aw coom last neet,
Wi' reekin heead and weary feet,
A strange, strange chap, aw chonced to meet;
He made mi start;
But pluckin up, aw did him greet
Wi' beatin heart.
"A Strange Stooary" by John Hartley

In news:

An energy developer has proposed a power plant at Hermiston designed to ramp up when the breezes die down and the region's burgeoning wind turbine generators go slack.
WHILE the theater in Stratford, the state's traditional spring and summer home for Shakespeare, suffers a silent season, Stamford is taking up the slack by offering 21 hours' worth of the Shakespeare 's historical plays.
Slackwater Pub & Pizzeria picks up the slack in Ogden's dining deficit.
Who will pick up slack for Danny Granger.
Drew Doughty picks up slack in 4-0 victory.
Hawaiian slack-key guitarist Patrick Landeza grew up in Berkeley.
Davis, Shumpert picking up slack.
CUs Pick Up Lending Slack.
Port of Virginia picking up slack for storm-damaged Port of New York/New Jersey.
Homeowners may pick up property-tax slack if amendment passes in November.
INTERVIEWS Picking Up the Slack .
Taking Up the Slack .
CUs Pick Up Lending Slack .
Third Parties Pick Up Database Security Slack .
Locals taking up the slack.
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In science:

Their significance can be gauged by eliminating the smallest of them, namely HESA2 (AEC) and HECA3 (VertexRSI), fitting the full model to take up the slack, and plotting the residuals.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
Thus, a key result of the present paper is that αd (k) and αr (k) do coincide for a large family of ensembles (up to the slackness, in the second order terms, of our bounds).
Reconstruction and Clustering in Random Constraint Satisfaction Problems
Ultimately all quantum numbers have to be conserved but at each step, when the Grand Canonical limit is reached, the system can temporarily “pick up the slack”.
What's Interesting About Strangeness Production? - An Overview of Recent Results
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