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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"If there's anything different, it gives somebody a reason to give you some slack. We used to get teased with things like, `You're really only 4,' or `you're really only 2.' It was kind of a big joke.