cut (one) a little slack

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cut (one) a little slack

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