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let (something or someone) slide

To choose not to take any action to correct or improve a particular situation or someone's actions or behavior. I find it so frustrating that my wife is always willing to let the kids slide when they misbehave, meaning I have to be the bad guy and enforce the rules. I've been meaning to paint the shed all summer, but I keep letting it slide.
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let something slide

negligently allow something to deteriorate.
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For their part, brokers are more likely to file suit and incur legal fees over small payments they might otherwise have let slide.
The "little" errors and omissions to which we may have become too accustomed or let slide by, in reality, can easily become big problems for our patients, or at the least, such an attitude can create an environment that is too laissez-faire for safe patient care.
But when you have your craft down to a fine art; creating wonderfully melodic songs with yet challenging and questioning lyrics, it's something you can let slide.
We got a number of very good suggestions for improving the organization and some legitimate criticism about things we have let slide or ignored.
But on the flip side, both dudes were writing from prison, and I know from experience some prisons are shittier than others about reading material they'll let slide to their inmates.
"The impact of globalization is, in the coming years, going to be huge on our economy and our work environment and that our awareness of other cultures is something we can't let slide as educators," Goodvin says.
WHAT OTHER LITTLE THINGS DO YOU LET SLIDE BECAUSE IT'S LATE OR YOU'RE IN A HURRY?
Snow's confirmation hearings also provide a chance to revisit corporate corruption questions Democrats let slide last year.
WITH OUR CURRENT ECONOMY, belts are tight, employee turnover is low, and some employers have let slide their efforts to boost employee morale.
However, last week, Sun unveiled its new improved application server, a product Sun had previously let slide.
This is too critical an issue to let slide. We live in a litigious society and too many building owners take unnecessary risks by not maintaining their equipment.
By posting these reminders on the most-frequented place in our home (the refrigerator), she holds our feet to the fire on things agreed to be too important to let slide in the chaos of our daily lives.
Start keeping a log of how much time you now have to spend doing clerical work (and what professional responsibilities you had to let slide in order to do it).
I'll let slide such snide cracks as my "drifting into caricature," but its implication that I somehow ridiculed the Religious Right deserves rebuttal.