let things slide

let things slide

To let a situation become worse over time through inaction or incompetence. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. All of our credit cards are maxed out, and we missed our mortgage payment last month—how have we let things slide so badly?
See also: let, slide, thing

let things slide

 and let something slide
Fig. to ignore the things that one is supposed to do; to fall behind in the doing of one's work. I am afraid that I let the matter slide while I was recovering from my operation. If I let things slide for even one day, I get hopelessly behind in my work.
See also: let, slide, thing
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Would you take advantage of knowing these things or would you let things slide by.
Sometimes it may seem easier to let things slide, or to pass students when the piece is "good enough," but a determination of excellence pays off in the long run.
He gives the right amount of punishment when he catches somebody and he doesn't let things slide.
Although this piece of advice seems obvious, it's easy to let things slide.
When you have an under-performing employee, don't let things slide.
Even when he touches on such important and contentious issues, the opposition parties let things slide, allowing debate to die.
At times, it might seem easier to just let things slide but, if you make that a pattern, you're denying your own feelings--not a good thing.
And although I am dejected about the result, I am more dejected about the fact that we are going out with a whimper and beginning to let things slide.
I was young at the time, and I let things slide," said Petit.
With cashflow certain to be a major problem for Blues during the summer months, BIHL cannot let things slide so that they are on the precipice.
It's easy when you're in League Two to let things slide a little bit.
And if you can achieve this, make a resolution to yourself that you'll never let things slide like this again.
I know there's been a lot of criticism that these online companies don't pay tax, but I was desperate, and when you're desperate you let things slide.
Unaware of her son's cash-flow problems, Zainab presses ahead with planning his civil partnership to Christian, and also asks him to sort out the finances at the restaurant because Tamwar has let things slide.
Unaware of her son''s cash-flow problems, Zainab presses ahead with planning his civil partnership to Christian, and also asks him to sort out the finances at the restaurant because Tamwar has let things slide.