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slacken (off)

abate, decrease, diminish, drop off, ease (off), lessen, let up, loosen, moderate, reduce, relax, release, slack off, slow down, tire  
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  ( slackens    3rd person present)   ( slackening    present participle)   ( slackened    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If something slackens or if you slacken it, it becomes slower, less active, or less intense.  
Inflationary pressures continued to slacken last month...      V  
The Conservative government will not slacken the pace of radical reform.      V n  
  slackening      n-sing   oft N of n  
There was a slackening of western output during the 1930s.     
2       verb   If your grip or a part of your body slackens or if you slacken your grip, it becomes looser or more relaxed.  
Her grip slackened on Arnold's arm...      V, Also V n   slacken off             phrasal verb   If something slackens off, it becomes slower, less active, or less intense.  
  (mainly BRIT)   no passive  
At about five o'clock, business slackened off.      V P  

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See also:

slack, slacker, slake, sack

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get well with someone from the very beginning of the relationship
used when referring to romantic relationship, but also in a larger meaning: He hit it off with his teacher; he will continue taking classes with her.
live without being connected to one of more public utilities (such as water, electric power)
make an obscene and offensive gesture at someone by closing one's fist and extending one's middle finger upwards, interpreted as"Sod off!"; [US] flip (sb) off / flip (sb) the bird
Ex.: he has an unfortunate tendency and somewhat dangerous habit of giving the finger to motorists who cut in front of him.
telling someone to fight you."do sth !"
to depend on something or on someone to cover the basic expenses
E.g.: He lived off the money he inherited from his father while he had been working as a volunteer.
wave hand as a sign of rejection, disapproval or lack of interest
expression meaning that a situation is no longer certain or predictable and that anything can happen
originating from horse racing where "all bets are off" indicated that bets already made were null due to various unpredicted factors
laughing my fucking ass off
mislead someone; deliberately provide wrong information to forbid someone from knowing the truth
E.g.: They are no longer in town, but hey left their car in front of the house just to put everybody off the scent.
to subject (an industry) to a business model in which services are offered on demand through direct contact between a customer and a supplier, usually via mobile technology
[Bus.] From the taxi company 'Uber', which pioneered this business model
to attempt or take on a task that is way to big and beyond one's capability
I wonder if that craftsman will be able to fulfil the three commitments he took on at the same time; in my opinion he bites off more than he can chew!
In computer science, the File Allocation Table (FAT) is a file system popularized by Microsoft in the 1980's in their earliest computers. The FAT file system has continued to be developed and now comes in multiple varieties such as FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 and ExFAT.
[Tech.];[Comp.] Look at that floppy disk, see if it is formatted with the FAT file system.
talk incessantly ; be very talkative/voluble ; be a chatterbox
[UK] [informal] Ex: When it comes to Pink Floyd, his all-time favorite band, he can talk the hind legs off a donkey!
scallion (synonym)
small handbag without handles
(metaphorically) die
bitch (alternative term)
(metaphorically) manipulation attempt
His speech was nothing but smoke and mirrors
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