slack off

slack off
1. to taper off; to reduce gradually. •

Business tends to slack off during the winter months.

The storms begin to slack off in April.

2. [for someone] to become lazy or inefficient. •

Near the end of the school year, Sally began to slack off, and her grades showed it.

John got fired for slacking off during the busy season.

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{v. phr.} 1. To become less active; grow lazy. * /Since construction work has been slacking off toward the end of the summer, many workers were dismissed./ 2. To gradually reduce; taper off. * /The snowstorms tend to slack off over the Great Lakes by the first of April./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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