cut (one) some slack

(redirected from cut some slack)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

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."
See also: cut, slack

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.
See also: cut, slack, someone

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.
See also: cut, slack, someone

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?
See also: cut, slack, somebody

cut someone some slack

verb
See also: cut, slack, someone
References in periodicals archive ?
In England, they cut some slack to the teams in the lower leagues when they want to sign players who are free agents but it's not the same here", he continues.
PAT NEVIN believes Gordon Strachan should be cut some slack because the Scotland national team is bereft of quality.
Mamadou Sakho has to be cut some slack as he was bound to need asettling in period following his arrival in English football.
The bottom line is he is in Glasgow, his family aren't and if he needs to be cut some slack to make things work then the club are happy to accommodate that where possible.
Opposite number Mark Warburton is experiencing the derby for the first time and Walker reckons he deserves to be cut some slack if Rangers lose.
IN THE DOGHOUSE Sometimes we dogs do more than pee, and guilty is our shameful plea Please cut some slack, for our small brain has yet to learn to pull the chain Some owners cough and turn their back, leaving we poor mutts to take the flak All dogs get blamed by reflected grief, through a few being vicious with their teeth But fair do's now at least we try to keep at bay that burglar guy It's true we bark and cause complaints, but 'Hey'
Record Sport asked Warburton if he should cut some slack to a rookie ref in the way he would a kid making a breakthrough at first-team level.
Given the circumstances when he took over, he deserves to be cut some slack but how much?
Bad weather saw SCOTLAND's plane stuck in Amsterdam before arriving in Tbilisi late - but SFA chiefs have been cut some slack by their German counterparts.
TOMMY WRIGHT insists St Johnstone can handle the "kicking" they have taken since their Europa League exit last week - but says his players deserve to be cut some slack.
That should come as no surprise and everyone involved in the oil and gas summit in Aberdeen yesterday agreed that the March Budget has to cut some slack to the oil companies or they will pack up and leave Scotland.
KEITH LASLEY reckons Motherwell deserve to be cut some slack for their poor start to the season after earning brownie points from their last two campaigns.
However, he deserves to be cut some slack given the majority of his squad, who are clearly not up to the task, were signed by his predecessor Pat Fenlon.