There are 2 main translations of slack in Spanish:

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slack 1

American English: /slæk/
British English: /slak/

adjective -er, -est

  • 1 (loose)
    (rope/cable)
    the rope went slack
    la cuerda se aflojó
    Example sentences
    • I held the slack rope taut in various positions and Jim measured and recorded the segments' lengths.
    • In Compagnie Cahin Caha, director Gulko performs a near-calamitous off-balance act on the slack rope.
    • It took just one heave and one ho for the rope to go slack as my former self went head over heels into the pit.
  • 2 (lax, negligent)
    (student)
    poco aplicado
    (piece of work)
    (prose/style)
    discipline is terribly slack
    hay muy poca disciplina
    security is very slack here
    aquí tienen muy descuidada la seguridad
    they're very slack about paying on time
    son muy negligentes en cuanto a pagar puntualmente
    Example sentences
    • They say they have no idea when or how Beggs got into the country because of slack EU border controls.
    • He said his new department was slack and inefficient.
    • It can never be slack or lazy; I can never assume anyone will read it just because it's there.
  • 3 3.1 (not busy)
    (period)
    de poca actividad
    de poco movimiento
    business/demand is very slack
    hay muy poco trabajo/muy poca demanda
    3.2 (slow)
    (wind)
    (water)
    (pace)
    Example sentences
    • The industry is still swamped with capacity, and the slack economy has slowed demand.
    • I've been through this before, selling a house into a slack, sluggish market.
    • Though the pace is slack and the jokes are slim, the chemistry between Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson is as sparkly as ever.
    Example sentences
    • Enter too soon before, or too long after slack tide, and we will get blown off the reef and possibly end up in a very dangerous position.
    • Reeling the little Calcutta 400 quite quickly in the slack tide gave the eel just that little extra zip and fish attracting noise in the water.
    • There is plenty of time for storytelling as we wait for slack tide.
    Example sentences
    • But getting angry with himself for making this mistake was just as fruitless as brooding over the slack business owner.
    • If business is slack, plans for a new van are postponed.
    • Business was slack, unusual for that time of morning.

noun

  • 1 uncountable (rope, wire) See examples: there's not enough/there's too much slack in the rope
    la cuerda está demasiado tensa/floja
    to cut somebody some slack (American English) [colloquial]
    dejarle pasar algo a alguien
    to take up the slack in something
    (use spare capacity)
    aprovechar la capacidad de algo al máximo
    (tighten)
    tensar algo
    Example sentences
    • But, as I rose and Pung pulled in the slack on the rope, I felt totally secure - far more confident than during my low viewpoint descent.
    • With the slack in the rope, she darted forward, and pinched the bulge in her teeth, and tugged, eliciting a scream from Spade.
    • A sport climber will keep falling until he is past the last quickdraw he's clipped into and all the slack in the rope is taut.

intransitive verb

  • [colloquial]
    hacer el vago (Spain) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • For the last two years, he has slowly slacked off and now doesn't give me anything!
    • Once I realized that I'd slacked myself past the point where that would be possible, I decided to shoot for running it next year.
    • My goodness Charlotte you have really been slacking these past few days, haven't you?

Phrasal verbs

slack off

slacken off

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slack 2
American English: /slæk/
British English: /slak/

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