adjective -er, -est
- 1 (loose)(rope/cable)the rope went slack
flojola cuerda se aflojóExample 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)
flojo(prose/style)discipline is terribly slack
descuidadohay muy poca disciplinasecurity is very slack hereaquí tienen muy descuidada la seguridadthey're very slack about paying on timeson muy negligentes en cuanto a pagar puntualmenteExample 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)business/demand is very slack
de poca actividad
de poco movimientohay muy poco trabajo/muy poca demanda3.2 (slow)(wind)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1 uncountable (rope, wire) there's not enough/there's too much slack in the ropela cuerda está demasiado tensa/flojato cut somebody some slack (American English) [colloquial]dejarle pasar algo a alguiento take up the slack in something(use spare capacity)
aprovechar la capacidad de algo al máximo(tighten)
tensar algoExample 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.
- [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?
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