take up slack


take up slack
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 problems with production, but none of its competitors have taken up the slack.

Main Entry: slack

Financial and business terms. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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 — 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, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slack — ▪ I. slack slack 2 also slack off verb [intransitive] to make less of an effort than usual or be lazy in your work: • He was accused of slacking and taking too many holidays.   [m0] ▪ II. slack slack 3 noun [uncoun …   Financial and business terms

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

  • slack´en|er — slack|en «SLAK uhn», transitive verb. 1. to make slower: »Don t slacken your efforts till the work is done. SYNONYM(S): retard. 2. to make looser: »Slacken the rope. Slackening the reins, I let my horse take his own course (Francis Parkman). –v.i …   Useful english dictionary

  • slack|en — «SLAK uhn», transitive verb. 1. to make slower: »Don t slacken your efforts till the work is done. SYNONYM(S): retard. 2. to make looser: »Slacken the rope. Slackening the reins, I let my horse take his own course (Francis Parkman). –v.i. 1. to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Take-up — n. (Mach.) That which takes up or tightens; specifically, a device in a sewing machine for drawing up the slack thread as the needle rises, in completing a stitch. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slack — slack1 slackingly, adv. slackly, adv. slackness, n. /slak/, adj. 1. not tight, taut, firm, or tense; loose: a slack rope. 2. negligent; careless; remiss: slack proofreading. 3. slow, sluggish, or indolent: He is slack in answering letters …   Universalium