In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(loose)(rope/cable) flojo(muscle) fláccido(muscle) flojothe rope went slack — la cuerda se aflojó
2(lax, negligent)(student) poco aplicado(piece of work) flojo(prose/style) descuidadodiscipline is terribly slack — hay muy poca disciplina
- security is very slack here — aquí tienen muy descuidada la seguridad
- they're very slack about paying on time — son muy negligentes en cuanto a pagar puntualmente
3.1(not busy)(period) de poca actividad(period) de poco movimientobusiness/demand is very slack — hay muy poco trabajo/muy poca demanda
- If energy prices were high when the economy was slack, how much higher would they go when it was firing on all cylinders?
- They can still sell at a very handsome profit even in a slack market and some did.
- If business is slack, plans for a new van are postponed.
- Another drag on the economy is slack domestic demand.
- The slack economy is shrinking tax receipts, notes economist Susan Hering of UBS Warburg LLC.
- The average occupancy rate of the hotels has exceeded 90 per cent, with significant recovery from an earlier slack business season.
- However, somewhere in the lean, mean 1980s and '90s, the importance of slack resources was lost.
- One plus from slack labor demand will be lower inflation next year.
- Business was slack, unusual for that time of morning.
- Repayments can be cut back during slack periods.
- But matters are often made a great deal worse by slack micro-management practices adding to the burden.
- Pricier oil, a strong euro, and slack labor markets are all big factors.
- With little access to credit, they were not well equipped to withstand competition or slack periods of trade.
- The local tourism industry arranges winter celebrations and activities to prevent a slack season.
- If you have quality, there is never gonna be a slack time for your restaurant.
- Business appeared to be slack for the stall holders.
- Some employers, it seems, are capitalizing on the slack job market.
- But later he began to put off payment, giving the excuse that business was slack.
- With a slack Mexican economy, Modelo's contribution to net this year is about flat.
- But getting angry with himself for making this mistake was just as fruitless as brooding over the slack business owner.
3.2(slow)(wind) flojo(water) manso(pace) relajado
- ‘Winter is not a slack season for power use as many people think,’ he said.
- Enter too soon before, or too long after slack tide, and we will get blown off the reef and possibly end up in a very dangerous position.
- Tightly edited, FUBAR doesn't grow as slack or indulgent as many mockumentaries do.
- One minute later however Leixlip went ahead again courtesy of some very slack defending.
- When the tide turns and the water becomes slack, the dives are dull, with little wildlife.
- They're not actually rude or deliberately slack (unlike some of the Cafe Uno staff), just dubiously competent.
- On neap tides it's usually slack enough to dive an hour before this and up to an hour after.
- Though the pace is slack and the jokes are slim, the chemistry between Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson is as sparkly as ever.
- The one thing we both agreed on was the slack service.
- There is plenty of time for storytelling as we wait for slack tide.
- Expect the main action to come the two hours either side of slack water.
- If his first novel feels a little slack, however, Norman's more recent work seems to have tipped over into a more deterministic mode.
- And he certainly hasn't been slack since getting to Calgary, either.
- I have never found out when slack water is at Wolf Rock.
- Reeling the little Calcutta 400 quite quickly in the slack tide gave the eel just that little extra zip and fish attracting noise in the water.
- The sea becomes still - it is slack tide.
- So I wasn't ready to be there, I was a bit slack, and I guess I was difficult.
- These attacks will continue, and enforcement will be slack, especially if Boy George gets another four years.
- This species is more active at night during slack tides.
- The industry is still swamped with capacity, and the slack economy has slowed demand.
- I've been through this before, selling a house into a slack, sluggish market.
1(rope, wire)there's not enough/there's too much slack in the rope — la cuerda está demasiado tensa/floja
- to cut sb some slack — dejarle pasar algo a algn
- to take up the slack in sth — (use spare capacity) aprovechar la capacidad de algo al máximo
2pantalones (de sport)
1informalharaganearflojear informalhacer el vago Spain informal
- Among the flap of slack sails she heard the men talking, but made no effort to understand their conversation.
- What I saw then nearly made my jaw go slack.
- Hearing this devastating turn of conversation, my jaw fell slack in disbelief.
- Her face became taut, then she went slack with a strange despair.
- Even the hand that had consistently gripped his own through the whole encounter fell slack.
- I held the slack rope taut in various positions and Jim measured and recorded the segments' lengths.
- Lynx saw to his right the rope go slack, and saw the same on his left, and felt the bridge leave from under his feet.
- His jaw quivered and dropped, while the rest of his body fell slack.
- The fledgling's breathing and heartbeat slowed, taut muscles went slack, and his third eyelids slid halfway across his bright gaze.
- In Compagnie Cahin Caha, director Gulko performs a near-calamitous off-balance act on the slack rope.
- He tried to stand up to get in a better position, gasping, but then the Urg's grip went slack and he limped over, dead.
- It took just one heave and one ho for the rope to go slack as my former self went head over heels into the pit.
- Suddenly I felt my jaw nearly go slack.
- After a slack tuning (to go easy on the new strings), the instrument was pounded on by a machine to break the key mechanism in evenly.
- I felt my jaw go slack then I snapped it closed.
- They moved around behind the tree, then the rope went slack and the ground smashed up.
- In the second half Penrith got back in the game when slack marking left a defender free to prod in.
- City of York VIII crashed 5-0 to hosts Rotherham, the visitors throwing the game away by slack marking.
- But one issue is more important than slack students, ill-prepared teachers or indifferent parents.
- I don't think I'm being too slack here.
- It can never be slack or lazy; I can never assume anyone will read it just because it's there.
- Haxby United edged into a 1-0 lead over visiting Old Malton when slack defensive play let in David Thompson for a well-taken header.
- You can be slack at times if you are too assured, but fortunately I have never had that sort of luxury.
- Hanssen was slack about ‘tradecraft’ because he knew just how remote the possibility of discovery was.
- Five first-half tries put them firmly in control only for Salford to make the most of some slack defence.
- Is this Government so slack, so lax, and so incompetent that it has not actually considered that issue before today?
- My dad says that the public schools here are too slack.
- In principle, the steady drone of flat, slack sentences reproduces the demoralised world they depict, not the limits of the writer's talent.
- I'm feeling awful because I've been so terribly slack lately.
- Villa never gave up, however, and in the last minute they took advantage of slack play in our defence to make it 4-3.
- They say they have no idea when or how Beggs got into the country because of slack EU border controls.
- It would be different, I guess, if the parent was not present, but this slack approach to parenting is disgraceful.
- Security at Frankfurt airport was incredibly slack.
- They're all getting drunk in a bar somewhere, moaning about how slack Cape Town business people are.
- He said his new department was slack and inefficient.
- I'm sorry I've been so slack with updating.
- Our spirits are willing but the flesh, alas, is slack.
- Steve Staunton's resulting centre picked out Angel who took advantage of slack marking to head past Steve Banks.
- Previously, miners had been paid $0.39 per ton of large coal and $0.17 for riddled slack.
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