One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Use up a surplus or improve the use of resources to avoid an undesirable lull in business.‘as domestic demand starts to flag, foreign demand will help pick up the slack’
surplus, excess, residue, spare capacityView synonyms
- ‘That means we have to count on business investment to pick up the slack.’
- ‘The key to breaking the cycle is to boost demand and take up the slack in the economy.’
- ‘Are the self-employed really taking up enough of the slack?’
- ‘This is how a humane company avoids lay-offs - we take up the slack when someone leaves or retires and keep the headcount slim.’
- ‘There is no room to pick up any of the slack with cars.’
- ‘When a participating company goes out of business, others pick up the slack.’
- ‘As the rain persists and reservoirs back up, homes, businesses and roads take up the slack.’
- ‘Europe's economy picked up some of the slack, but it too is set to slow.’
- ‘However, the barriers to entry aren't large, and new companies have come into being to take the slack.’
- ‘That has ended, but strong demand for Internet-enabling software and consultancies has taken up the slack.’
2Pull on the loose end or part of a rope in order to make it taut.
- ‘As soon as DC felt weight on the rope he anchored like any good cow horse will and took up the slack in the rope.’
- ‘The Instructor gave her a slap on the rump and then proceeded to take up the slack on the rope.’
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