cut some slack
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to cut some slack: put on airs, run an errand, give it a shot, To Say the Least
cut somebody some slack(spoken)
to give someone additional freedom I'm going to cut you some slack. Because it's the last day of classes, we don't have to talk anything serious today. If you and your kids don't agree about their futures, cut them some slack - explain your views, but don't try to force them to agree.
cut somebody some slack(American & Australian informal)
to allow someone to do something that is not usually allowed, or to treat someone less severely than is usual Officials have asked the Environmental Protection Agency to cut Utah some slack in enforcing the Clean Air Act.