let things slide

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let things slide

To let a situation become worse over time through inaction or incompetence. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. All of our credit cards are maxed out, and we missed our mortgage payment last month—how have we let things slide so badly?
See also: let, slide, thing

let things slide

 and let something slide
Fig. to ignore the things that one is supposed to do; to fall behind in the doing of one's work. I am afraid that I let the matter slide while I was recovering from my operation. If I let things slide for even one day, I get hopelessly behind in my work.
See also: let, slide, thing
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She said, "If you're going to let something slide, let it be the homemade jam and yard work.
I would much rather make a big stink about nothing, then let something slide by and allow my child to be hurt or be made to feel inferior by anyone.
Mickey: Sometimes they make a threat, and sometimes they let something slide.
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