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slack off

1. To release or ease the tension or pressure (on something). I'll need to slack off a bit so that I can adjust the rigging. Make sure you don't slack off on those harnesses before we've come to a complete stop.
2. 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.
3. 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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It appeared to be a romp from there but the Azkals slacked off on the defensive end, which the Timorese took advantage of to mount a late challenge.
England have now won just one Test series overseas since 2012, something Stokes - who believes they have "slacked off" - is hoping to help rectify.
Barisan Nasional (BN) incumbent lawmakers who face no new challenger from within the ruling coalition will likely be removed from contesting the next general elections if they have slacked off in their last term, said one of its leaders.
Despite the win, La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus expressed disappointment with how his team slacked off when they were up big down the stretch, something his previous players had never allowed.
The petro companies slacked off on their task of dampening the stock market, but tech companies were more than willing to jump in and keep the red ink flowing -- but broadcasters ignored these shenanigans, with radio coming home an eyelash north of flat and with television posting a nice gain.
I slacked off one year, and this made for far more work the following spring.
Similarly, we slacked off against Notts County in the League Cup in midweek when we were 2-0 up and cruising.
under threat if they slacked off against St Mirren.
It was hard but enjoyable, with plenty of 4 v 4 work and every player rigged up to heart monitors to guarantee nobody slacked off. If you don't train well under Mark, you don't play.
Wales led Fiji 31-0 at the interval, and Gatland said: "We could have slacked off, conceded a couple of tries, but we kept working until the 80th minute."
"I think this season I have slacked off a little bit.
He added: "The PI work has slacked off in the last couple of months due to the recession, but there has been a real growth in surveillance equipment."
"I've always been a fighter, never slacked off and always given 110 per cent which I've got to do to beat this.
The prices scrap yards are paying for steel and copper have dropped significantly in recent weeks, but business has not slacked off and police don't believe metal thefts will subside.
What these people need, he said, is a good dose of public service, he said while visiting his university, the US Naval Academy in Maryland, where he admittedly bucked authority and slacked off on his studies to the point that he graduated fifth from the bottom of his class.