cut (one) some slack

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cut (one) some slack

To allow one more latitude or freedom than usual; to be more lenient with one. Oh, you know I never normally make requests like this. Cut me some slack. A: "I can't believe she talked to me like that!" B: "You need to cut her some slack—she's grieving right now." Cut Tom some slack. He studied hard for that test, but it's just not his best subject.
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cut someone some slack

INFORMAL
If you cut someone some slack, you are less critical of their behaviour or performance than usual because you know they are in a difficult situation. When you're new at a job, colleagues and bosses cut you some slack. They forgive minor mistakes because you're new. Note: This expression is variable. Instead of some, people sometimes use words such as a little or a lot of. She's still upset about her dad. Cut her a little slack.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

cut someone some slack

allow someone some leeway; make allowances for someone's behaviour. North American informal
1998 Times Most, though, are willing to cut Spielberg some slack for the sake of cinematic interpretation.
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cut someone some slack

verb
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

cut someone some slack, to

To give someone more time or more of a chance, to ease up on someone. This term, dating from the mid-1900s, alludes to a slackening of tautness in a rope or sail. Sandra Brown had it in Alibi (1999), “‘Don’t lean on him yet; let’s cut him some slack for now.’”
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Coleen says I THINK you need to cut her some slack while she's pregnant - she will be more tired than usual with her hormones all over the shop.
While 22-year-old Sandy looked more uncomfortable than happy to be named the new Miss Lebanon, social media trolls must cut her some slack: It's not easy competing on a national beauty pageant in front of millions of people.
The 'SexyBack' singer, who performed with his former 'N Sync bandmates, said that the 20-year old singer should be allowed to do her thing and asked to cut her some slack as she didn't do it at the Grammys.
When I complained about the way she was addressing me, she said I would just have to cut her some slack because she was having "a really bad day."
I'm still not watching the show, but I do feel quite sorry for her and I wish that people would cut her some slack and get things into perspective.
I'm not condoning what she did as it was wrong, but Steve does need to cut her some slack. She did confess and now she is paying the price.
Still, at the time I thought if it was a woman doing what she felt was right for her family, then I'd cut her some slack.
It's only fair to cut her some slack if the idea that her dad is moving on with his life is painful.
So cut her some slack and keep your fingers crossed your misgivings are the least of her worries.