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British pronunciation/kˈʌt ɡˈɪv ˌɛsbˈiː sˌʌm slˈak/
American pronunciation/kˈʌt ɡˈɪv ˌɛsbˈiː sˌʌm slˈæk/
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to not be so harsh, strict, or critical when dealing with someone

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to [cut|give] {sb} some slack definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "cut someone some slack" and when to use it?

The idiom "cut someone some slack" originates from nautical terminology, where "slack" refers to a loose or relaxed rope or line on a ship. The idiom is used to show understanding emphasize the need for less pressure or criticism in various situations, especially when individuals are facing challenges or are new to something.

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Cutting him some slack won't make him behave more politely next time you know.
In any learning process, it's crucial to give beginners some slack, as they may not perform perfectly from the start.
John's been dealing with a personal crisis lately, so let's cut him some slack and not push him too hard about the project deadlines.
I’m not emotionally ready for chores just yet, so please give me some slack.
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