let things slide

let things slide

To let a situation become worse over time through inaction or incompetence. 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
References in classic literature ?
The boat-keepers were swearing feebly, and I had not only my share of the work, but also had to keep at it two men who showed a constant inclination to lay themselves down and let things slide.
Mr Bond, who now works for a day-time security company and runs the Evolution4Kickboxing gym, told the ECHO: "In a situation like that as a doorman you have to be calm and let things slide.
HOLLY Willoughby clearly refuses to let things slide when it comes to choosing a Dancing On Ice outfit.
Dissatisfied employers and unhappy employees let things slide over December but make New Year's resolutions to sort things out.
They are now 39 and 47 so you can tell we've let things slide.
After Dina (Marla Adams) told Jack (Peter Bergmann) and Ashley (Eileen Davidson) to stop causing trouble after she revealed she has willed all of her money to Graham (Max Shippee), the siblings begrudgingly started to let things slide on the CBS soap.
Frightened Bethany is living in fear of nasty Neil and just wants to forget about the whole sordid experience with Nathan but of course, her mother won't let things slide.
You're dedicated to your family and personal life but take care not to let things slide on the job.
We did that, but they stood tall towards the end of that first half and we could easily have let things slide away there.
We did that but they stood tall towards the end of that first half and we could easily have let things slide away there.
It's so easy to let things slide gradually downhill and allow the beauty of the garden to peter out instead of helping it build to a crescendo.
I'm playing with good players every day in training and with the demands of playing for a club like Rangers you can't let things slide.
There's no FDA paperwork on early research (fortunately), but that gives people a chance to let things slide.
It is all to easy too let things slide and spoil all our early season hard work.
Thirdly, take a moment to pick what's important - when we start our work day, we usually have a number of outstanding tasks from the day before and with new ones cropping up as the day rolls on, it can be easy to let things slide.