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slack off

1. To reduce or decrease over time. Most of the businesses on the island close up for the year once the summer business starts to slack off toward the end of August. The winds began slacking off as the hurricane shifted course out to sea.
2. To be or become lazy; to procrastinate or avoid work or one's duty. If you keep slacking off, we'll be forced to give you a formal warning. I should have been working on my essay, but I decided to slack off for the weekend with my friends.
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slack off

 
1. to taper off; to reduce gradually. Business tends to slack off during the winter months. The storms begin to slack off in April.
2. [for someone] to become lazy or inefficient. Near the end of the school year, Sally began to slack off, and her grades showed it. John got fired for slacking off during the busy season.
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slack off

Decrease in activity or intensity, as in If business ever slacks off we can go on vacation, or When the project fell behind schedule again, she thought we were slacking off. [Second half of 1800s]
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slack off

v.
1. To decrease in activity or intensity: Tourism on Cape Cod usually slacks off around September.
2. To evade work; shirk: High school seniors tend to slack off once they get accepted to college.
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Just because we clinched doesn't mean we can slack off.
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It was important to come here and not to slack off.
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They work hard just like everybody else, and they never stop coming or slack off.
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Typically we do see it slack off in July and August (but) things have been maintained pretty strong through that period of time.
I say that because when you're the only one of something, there's always that tendency to slack off a little.
I like the workouts she gives me because she makes me work hard and won't let me slack off,'' Jones said.
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