cut (someone) some slack


1. be lenient with somebody






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he/she has been working hard, so cut him/her some slack

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To cut somebody some slack means to be lenient or to forgive someone from their shortfalls because you know they are in a difficult situation or are having problems that prevent them from performing well. When you 'cut somebody some slack' you are forgiving rather than treating them in a harsh way for what they have done wrong.

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  1. Susan has been working around the clock to get issue resolved, yet the boss is still giving her a hard time. I told him to cut her some slack!
  2. Even though the assignment Alice handed in was far from acceptable, I have no issue cutting her some slack as she is usually an excellent student.
  3. Person A: "You're late again, I see." Person B: "I've only just come out of hospital, so cut me some slack."

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  1. My daughter works really hard in school and her exam results have been great so I try to cut her some slack when it comes to helping out at home.
  2. My father is really tough on me but I try to cut him some slack because his own father was very strict with him growing up.

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