pick/take up the slack


pick/take up the slack
pick/take up the slack
: to provide or do something that is missing or not getting done

When he didn't get the pay raise he was expecting, he had to take another job to pick up the slack. [=to make up for the money he was not making]

The manager has to take up the slack when employees don't do their jobs correctly.

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Main Entry:slack

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • take up the slack — pick/take up the slack American & Australian, informal to do the work which someone else has stopped doing, but which still needs to be done. When Sue starts going out to work each day, Bob and the kids will have to take up the slack and help… …   New idioms dictionary

  • take up the slack — ► take (or pick) up the slack 1) improve the use of resources to avoid an undesirable lull in business. 2) pull on the loose part of a rope to make it taut. Main Entry: ↑slack …   English terms dictionary

  • pick up the slack — pick/take up the slack American & Australian, informal to do the work which someone else has stopped doing, but which still needs to be done. When Sue starts going out to work each day, Bob and the kids will have to take up the slack and help… …   New idioms dictionary

  • pick up the slack — to do something when someone else cannot or will not do it. With our best player injured, other players picked up the slack. Who will take up the slack when our grant money runs out? …   New idioms dictionary

  • pick/take up slack — ► to make a business, industry, or economy operate more effectively by doing the work that someone else has stopped doing but that still needs to be done: »More business investment would pick up the slack in the economy. »The drug maker is having …   Financial and business terms

  • take (or pick) up the slack — improve the use of resources to avoid an undesirable lull in business. → slack …   English new terms dictionary

  • pick up the slack — ► take (or pick) up the slack 1) improve the use of resources to avoid an undesirable lull in business. 2) pull on the loose part of a rope to make it taut. Main Entry: ↑slack …   English terms dictionary

  • slack — Ⅰ. slack [1] ► ADJECTIVE 1) not taut or held tightly in position; loose. 2) (of business or trade) not busy; quiet. 3) careless, lazy, or negligent. 4) (of a tide) neither ebbing nor flowing. ► NOUN 1) …   English terms dictionary

  • take — takable, takeable, adj. taker, n. /tayk/, v., took, taken, taking, n. v.t. 1. to get into one s hold or possession by voluntary action: to take a cigarette out of a box; to take a pen and begin to write. 2. to hold, grasp, or grip: to take a book …   Universalium

  • slack — [[t]slæ̱k[/t]] slacker, slackest, slacks, slacking, slacked 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is slack is loose and not firmly stretched or tightly in position. The boy s jaw went slack. 2) ADJ GRADED A slack period is one in which there is not much… …   English dictionary