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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Give them some slack. If you are footing the bill for this house, then you have every right to holler to high heavens your objection.
Let's just be grateful for them and give them some slack. They're not civil servants, they're life savers.