let (something or someone) slide

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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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References in classic literature ?
Sometimes she had them in her wake, lost in the bubbles and the foam that showed where she had passed; sometimes, as Alfred Bonnycastle said, she let them slide altogether; sometimes she kept them in close confinement, resorting to them under cover of night and with every precaution; sometimes she exhibited them to the public in discreet glimpses, in prearranged attitudes.
Of course, being the nice person that you are, you will want to let them slide a bit.
All the little things that couples argue about - we let them slide," Contactmusic quoted her as saying.
People who are eaten up with jealousy aren't your best friends and, if you can, I'd let them slide out of your life.
I'm going to have to do my job and try to be a vocal leader now, and pick people up and not let them slide anymore and get everybody ready to play,'' Bruins sophomore tailback Maurice Drew said.
To keep them out of the way when lifting wood and kindling to the adjacent fireplace, the doors open on hinges that let them slide neatly into narrow pockets.