cut someone some slack

cut (one) some slack

To allow one more latitude or freedom than usual. Primarily heard in US, Australia. 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 someone some slack

verb
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