take up the slack


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 more at home.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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

  • take up the slack — do somebody s work, fill in    When I m away, Hal takes up the slack. He does my job …   English idioms

  • take up the slack — idiom. make up for a lack of time or effort due to other people …   English slang

  • take up the slack — …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 — 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 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

  • To take up the gauntlet — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English