Definition of take or pick up the slack in English:
1Use up a surplus or improve the use of resources to avoid an undesirable lull in business: as domestic demand starts to flag, foreign demand will help pick up the slack
More example sentences
- This is how a humane company avoids lay-offs - we take up the slack when someone leaves or retires and keep the headcount slim.
- When a participating company goes out of business, others pick up the slack.
- That means we have to count on business investment to pick up the slack.
surplus, excess, residue, spare capacity
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