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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With Steve Harmison needing some overs under his belt ahead of his expected County Championship return at Nottinghamshire next week, the Riversiders will be hoping the weather cuts them some slack today.