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slack off

 
1. to taper off; to reduce gradually. Business tends to slack off during the winter months. The storms begin to slack off in April.
2. [for someone] to become lazy or inefficient. Near the end of the school year, Sally began to slack off, and her grades showed it. John got fired for slacking off during the busy season.
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slack off

1. to work less hard than is usual or necessary Workers tend to slack off on Mondays and Fridays.
2. to become less severe or extreme If this rain would slack off, we could finish the work outside.
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slack off

Decrease in activity or intensity, as in If business ever slacks off we can go on vacation, or When the project fell behind schedule again, she thought we were slacking off. [Second half of 1800s]
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slack off

v.
1. To decrease in activity or intensity: Tourism on Cape Cod usually slacks off around September.
2. To evade work; shirk: High school seniors tend to slack off once they get accepted to college.
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Winds should slack off a bit, but continue through the weekend.
SKIPPER Shane Parker last night warned his Glasgow Tigers mates they can't slack off if they want to realise their dream of silverware.
Just because we clinched doesn't mean we can slack off.
He also believes his 2000 squad have too much professional pride to slack off at this stage.
Some other teams just slack off (after the state competition), and they just lose it.
It was important to come here and not to slack off.
District officials warn that this does not mean that students can slack off and not put any effort into passing the math course.
With just a little bit of summer left, can you blame the Rebels if they slack off just a bit?
They work hard just like everybody else, and they never stop coming or slack off.
We're also making sure that the tournaments we participate in we go hard at and don't slack off.
Typically we do see it slack off in July and August (but) things have been maintained pretty strong through that period of time.
I say that because when you're the only one of something, there's always that tendency to slack off a little.
I like the workouts she gives me because she makes me work hard and won't let me slack off,'' Jones said.