pick up the slack


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pick up the slack

To do an extra amount of work that someone else is unable or unwilling to do. I'm going to need you to pick up the slack around the house when the baby arrives, because I'm going to literally have my hands full. The fourth member of our team has been totally unreliable, so the rest of us have had to pick up the slack.
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As wireless data portals remain mired at the slow speeds of today's wireless networks, voice portals will pick up the slack.
Chitwood, a 6-9 forward, had stepped up his game considerably over the past two weeks to pick up the slack from Shewmake.
After deregulation, big businesses will continue to use their power to lower their electric rates, but the deals will be behind closed doors, leaving consumers to pick up the slack with higher fees.
Usually, if one or two of us have a bad game, the rest can pick up the slack.
That left the likes of midfielder Ned Grabavoy, who hadn't played in almost a year, and rookie defender Troy Roberts to pick up the slack.
There have been a lot of people stepping up and helping pick up the slack.
LAKE ELSINORE - Even the California League's most productive offense won't always be able to pick up the slack for shaky starting pitching, a point illustrated Tuesday in the JetHawks' 4-2 loss to the Lake Elsinore Storm in front of 1,386 at the Diamond.