• WordNet 3.6
    • n slacks (usually in the plural) pants for casual wear
    • ***


  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.”
  • Bible
    “He also who is slack in his work is brother to him who destroys. [Proverbs 18:9]”


Cut someone some slack - To relax a rule or make an allowance, as in allowing someone more time to finish something.


In literature:

He had a rather heavy, slack, broken beauty, white and firm.
"Women in Love" by D. H. Lawrence
Use, to retain dressings on the head or over the eye; but this form soon gets slack.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
Leave your bearing-line slack, so as to allow the mule the privilege of learning to walk easy with harness on.
"The Mule" by Harvey Riley
Propellers so fitted will never get slack.
"A Catechism of the Steam Engine" by John Bourne
A white-winged yacht lay offshore, her sails in slack folds.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Now and again the fat man paused in his vocal efforts to reprimand her for her slackness.
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
Of course this made a large slack line which I could not get up.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
Here we are in slack water.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Instantly they pulled in the slack.
"The Young Wireless Operator--As a Fire Patrol" by Lewis E. Theiss
Bob noticed the slack water a mile or so above the jam.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White

In poetry:

He has loupen on the bonny black,
He stirr'd him wi' the spur right sairly;
But, or he wan the Gatehope-Slack,
I think the steed was wae and weary.
"Annan Water" by Andrew Lang
We saw the trees in the hot, bright weather,
Clear-cut, with shadows very black,
As freely we rode on together
With helms unlaced and bridles slack.
"Riding Together" by William Morris
(Of course, you know that the yell "Yo-ho!"
Should mean, "Slack stidder and cast!"
And you understand the simple command
When the Capting hollers, "Avast!")
"What Ho! She Blows!" by Wallace Irwin
I went, but my face, as I hurried back,
Made him come to my side with a look of alarm.
"For God's sake," I cried, taking hold of his arm,
"Draw within the distant signals and slack."
"Bill's Length" by Alexander Anderson
O'er Wibsey Slack aw coom last neet,
Wi' reekin heead and weary feet,
A strange, strange chap, aw chonced to meet;
He made mi start;
But pluckin up, aw did him greet
Wi' beatin heart.
"A Strange Stooary" by John Hartley
For huge possessions render slack
The power we need to hold them fast;
Save when a quickened heart shall make
Our people one, to meet what blast
May blow from temporal heavens overcast.
"The Call" by George Meredith

In news:

Let's cut Mitt Romney some slack.
Let's cut Lieby a little slack.
Minuteman International, Inc (Addison, IL, U.S.), a floor care equipment and chemical manufacturer, has appointed Brain Slack to the position of vice president of Sales.
Minuteman International, Inc (Addison, IL, U.S.), a floor care equipment and chemical manufacturer, has appointed Brain Slack to the position of vice president of Sales.
(From left) Stuart Frazier, Jason Dunbar, Kevin Pauley, Adam King, Tony Slack, Jamie Dunbar, Mandy Petry, Brian Roller and Jeff Bukovinsky.
Printed slacks splashed with stripes, flowers and polka dots will instantly transport you back a few decades—and not in a good way, says Adam.
This photo was tweeted by Donovan Slack during.
'Working From Home' Without Slacking Off.
At Bloomberg LP, Your Colleagues Know When You're Slacking Off.
Slack and Wallace Funeral Home The Independent.
Is it slacking or exploitation .
Their show is produced by Randy Slack and Paul Mason.
Samantha Rose Slack and Samuel William Parsons announce their engagement.
Slack is the daughter of David Slack Sr. Of McMechen and Jeannie Kurtz of Yorkville and the stepdaughter of the late Joseph Kurtz.
Say, a Tuesday in July, the seventh inning of a slack game—the score 6-1, perhaps.

In science:

The bias of an estimate of coupled slack in stochastic PERT networks.
Selectivity in Probabilistic Causality: Drawing Arrows from Inputs to Stochastic Outputs
Such a Df is 1/2n -close to the property under variation distance, but would be nearly 1/2-far from the property if the only operation allowed were to change the function f . A second issue is that we will have to also allow some amount of slack on the γ parameter as well.
Active Property Testing
This slack can also be seen to be necessary (see discussion following the proof of Theorem 5.2).
Active Property Testing
Next, Claim 14 below computes the expected change in the value of the slack variable ηi as x is perturbed by φ(cid:48) . A small example in Table II (with n = 3, d = 2) demonstrates the calculations in the proof of Claim 14 explicitly.
Non-adaptive Group Testing: Explicit bounds and novel algorithms
This example analyzes the expectation (over the randomness in the particular row mi of the measurement matrix M ) of the difference in value of the corresponding slack variables ηi (x) and ηi (x(cid:48) ) in column 8(b).
Non-adaptive Group Testing: Explicit bounds and novel algorithms