give (one) some slack

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give (one) some slack

To be lenient with one; to give one a break. Give me some slack, Mom. I studied hard for that test, but it's just not my best subject. I think you need to give Jen some slack. She's never been late before.
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We do have to give some slack to young boys because they might come a cropper sometimes, but the good thing is to keep your head.
An American move would enable Brazil and India to give some slack on industry, in turn enabling European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson to show flexibility' by improving his offer of October 2005 on agriculture, according to Brussels.