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What does "slack" mean?

Vocabulary Word: slack

1. Definition (expr.) criticism; negative comments and attention

Examples Tom Cruise took a lot of slack for his comments about depression.

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2. Definition (n.) a small favor when it’s needed

Examples I don’t think he meant to hurt anyone, so why don’t you cut him some slack and forget about it.

Examples No need to be so angry. This is the first time I’ve ever been late to work. Cut me some slack!

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