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  • lacking in rigor or strictness
    • such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable
    • lax in attending classes
    • slack in maintaining discipline
  • flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide
    • slack water
  • not tense or taut
    • the old man's skin hung loose and grey
    • slack and wrinkled skin
    • slack sails
    • a slack rope
  • a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely
    • he took up the slack
  • the quality of being loose (not taut)
    • he hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope
  • a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
  • a stretch of water without current or movement
    • suddenly they were in a slack and the water was motionless
  • a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality
    • the team went into a slump
    • a gradual slack in output
    • a drop-off in attendance
    • a falloff in quality
  • dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve
  • cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water
    • slack lime
  • become less in amount or intensity
    • The storm abated
    • The rain let up after a few hours
  • make less active or intense
  • become slow or slower
    • Production slowed
  • make less active or fast
    • He slackened his pace as he got tired
    • Don't relax your efforts now
  • release tension on
    • slack the rope
  • be inattentive to, or neglect
    • He slacks his attention
  • avoid responsibilities and work, be idle
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