• WordNet 3.6
    • n slacks (usually in the plural) pants for casual wear
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  • 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
There had been no complaining or slackness in our work on that account.
"In the Ranks of the C.I.V." by Erskine Childers
Throughout he was slack at games.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
So the hours of flood tide passed, and then the ship began to swing idly as the slack came.
"Wulfric the Weapon Thane" by Charles W. Whistler
The spokesmen had been slack in their disagreeable and perhaps dangerous duty.
"Bacon" by Richard William Church
He crouched astern, paddling in a slack, nerveless manner.
"The Lure of the North" by Harold Bindloss
He kept her heading so that the mainsail was lifting slack with no weight in it.
"The Boy Ranchers of Puget Sound" by Harold Bindloss
By the time the debt was paid work had grown slack or stopped.
"The Leaven in a Great City" by Lillian William Betts
He was replaced by two willing helpers, and, half dazed and not knowing what to do, he slackly followed the others up the middle of the floor.
"Harding of Allenwood" by Harold Bindloss
As long as life is in me, to fight I will not slack, Nor from your side for terror one foot will I give back.
"The Nibelungenlied" by Unknown
His slack, twisted lips were moving like those of a man with paralysis.
"The White Blackbird" by Hudson Douglas

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
Column 2 gives the corresponding values of the slack variables corresponding to the ith test, as returned by the constraints (7) and (8) of No-LiPo – here (f (x))+ denotes the function max{f (x), 0}.
Non-adaptive Group Testing: Explicit bounds and novel algorithms
Column 8(b) then computes the product of column 5 with the difference of the entries in column 7 from those of column 8(a), i.e., the expected change in the value of the slack variable ηi (.).
Non-adaptive Group Testing: Explicit bounds and novel algorithms
The function ∆π measures the slack in the subadditivity constraints: ∆π(x, y) = π(x) + π(y) − π(x ⊕ y).
Equivariant Perturbation in Gomory and Johnson's Infinite Group Problem
For each observation (xi , yi ) in the training set T we introduce a slack variable ξi ≥ 0 measuring the degree to which the i-th inequality/constraint in (4) is not met.
Optimal diagnostic tests for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease based on support vector machine classification of RT-QuIC data
This condition is called the complementary slackness condition.
Finding optimal strategies for minimum-error quantum-state discrimination
One perceives that complementary slackness condition (9) together with the criterion of optimality (10) are nothing else than the well-known Helstrom equations for POM maximizing the success probability (1).
Finding optimal strategies for minimum-error quantum-state discrimination
For a sufficiently large, depending on the slack in the inequalities (15) and (16), any such control is stable.
Stability of processor sharing networks with simultaneous resource requirements
In the above lemma, by introducing new slack matrices G and V , the symmetrical matrices P1 and P2 can be chosen parameter-dependent for the study of stability of the convex combination of F + α1H and F + α2H .
Disconnected synchronized regions of complex dynamical networks
There are several parameters involved in this algorithm: ξ (θ) for θ ∈ Θ are slack-variables measuring the violation of (5.1), γ is a margin parameter that lets us strengthen condition (5.1), and λ is a regularization parameter to keep the trace trA small while keeping A as low rank as possible.
Using invariants for phylogenetic tree construction
Only a little work has been provided about global scheduling, such as , but for deterministic systems, or , using some slack reclamation mechanism, but not really using stochastic information.
Multiprocessor Global Scheduling on Frame-Based DVFS Systems