cut (one) some slack

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cut (one) some slack

To allow one more latitude or freedom than usual; to be lenient with one. Oh, you know I never 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."
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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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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 somebody some ˈslack

(informal, especially American English) make things easier than usual for somebody; allow somebody more freedom to do things than they would normally have: I know I made a mistake, but it’s my first week on the job, so cut me some slack, OK?
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cut someone some slack

verb
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But boss Pochettino will look to protect his rising star and called for critics to cut him some slack.
And had he been more compassionate about his victim , had he expressed some kind of regret her life was in tatters thanks to his so-called supporters, people might have cut him some slack.
Get off his back you blue brigade and cut him some slack and you may get some back.
A lot of people were disappointed with Rom's performance against Leicester but he has barely played since the World Cup so we need to cut him some slack.
And while he reckons McClean can be his own worst enemy at times, Coyle said: "If people had a full understanding of what he's like as a boy, they would cut him some slack.
If indeed some fans had taken a vacation in Florida to watch and support Rory in his defence of the Honda Classic, I'm sure they understand the frustrations of the game and will cut him some slack.
PATRICK VIEIRA has urged Mario Balotelli's army of critics to cut him some slack.
The handicapper has cut him some slack - off a mark of 99 he is now 13lb lower than when in his prime - so it could be foolish to dismiss his chances.
It's unfortunate that Tim Pawlenty couldn't make it here but cut him some slack.
NIGELL loyd has described Williamz Omope as a 'warrior' - and urged Birmingham Panthers fans to cut him some slack.
If he had come to this conclusion after seeing March of the Penguins, I might cut him some slack.
Why don't we just cut him some slack as he is a player for the future.
If only Lieberman had been honest about it, most observers would have cut him some slack.
If he's spreading himself too thin between school, hobbies, family life, chores, etc, cut him some slack.
Diana Dale has spoken out to defend her grandson and has called for people to cut him some slack.