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)(cable/rope) flojo(muscle) fláccido(muscle) flojothe rope went slack — la cuerda se aflojó
- Among the flap of slack sails she heard the men talking, but made no effort to understand their conversation.
- I felt my jaw go slack then I snapped it closed.
- Hearing this devastating turn of conversation, my jaw fell slack in disbelief.
- Even the hand that had consistently gripped his own through the whole encounter fell slack.
- His jaw quivered and dropped, while the rest of his body fell slack.
- 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.
- Suddenly I felt my jaw nearly go slack.
- They moved around behind the tree, then the rope went slack and the ground smashed up.
- In Compagnie Cahin Caha, director Gulko performs a near-calamitous off-balance act on the slack rope.
- What I saw then nearly made my jaw go slack.
- I held the slack rope taut in various positions and Jim measured and recorded the segments' lengths.
- Her face became taut, then she went slack with a strange despair.
- 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.
- 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.
- The fledgling's breathing and heartbeat slowed, taut muscles went slack, and his third eyelids slid halfway across his bright gaze.
- 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.
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
- He said his new department was slack and inefficient.
- You can be slack at times if you are too assured, but fortunately I have never had that sort of luxury.
- In principle, the steady drone of flat, slack sentences reproduces the demoralised world they depict, not the limits of the writer's talent.
- Security at Frankfurt airport was incredibly slack.
- In the second half Penrith got back in the game when slack marking left a defender free to prod in.
- I don't think I'm being too slack here.
- But one issue is more important than slack students, ill-prepared teachers or indifferent parents.
- My dad says that the public schools here are too slack.
- City of York VIII crashed 5-0 to hosts Rotherham, the visitors throwing the game away by slack marking.
- Hanssen was slack about ‘tradecraft’ because he knew just how remote the possibility of discovery was.
- They say they have no idea when or how Beggs got into the country because of slack EU border controls.
- Steve Staunton's resulting centre picked out Angel who took advantage of slack marking to head past Steve Banks.
- They're all getting drunk in a bar somewhere, moaning about how slack Cape Town business people are.
- It can never be slack or lazy; I can never assume anyone will read it just because it's there.
- Is this Government so slack, so lax, and so incompetent that it has not actually considered that issue before today?
- I'm feeling awful because I've been so terribly slack lately.
- It would be different, I guess, if the parent was not present, but this slack approach to parenting is disgraceful.
- I'm sorry I've been so slack with updating.
- Villa never gave up, however, and in the last minute they took advantage of slack play in our defence to make it 4-3.
- Our spirits are willing but the flesh, alas, is slack.
- Five first-half tries put them firmly in control only for Salford to make the most of some slack defence.
- 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.
3.1(not busy)(period) de poca actividad(period) de poco movimientobusiness/demand is very slack — hay muy poco trabajo/muy poca demanda
- Business was slack, unusual for that time of morning.
- If energy prices were high when the economy was slack, how much higher would they go when it was firing on all cylinders?
- Another drag on the economy is slack domestic demand.
- Business appeared to be slack for the stall holders.
- If business is slack, plans for a new van are postponed.
- Repayments can be cut back during slack periods.
- With little access to credit, they were not well equipped to withstand competition or slack periods of trade.
- 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.
- With a slack Mexican economy, Modelo's contribution to net this year is about flat.
- One plus from slack labor demand will be lower inflation next year.
- The local tourism industry arranges winter celebrations and activities to prevent a slack season.
- Some employers, it seems, are capitalizing on the slack job market.
- Pricier oil, a strong euro, and slack labor markets are all big factors.
- They can still sell at a very handsome profit even in a slack market and some did.
- But matters are often made a great deal worse by slack micro-management practices adding to the burden.
- However, somewhere in the lean, mean 1980s and '90s, the importance of slack resources was lost.
- But getting angry with himself for making this mistake was just as fruitless as brooding over the slack business owner.
- But later he began to put off payment, giving the excuse that business was slack.
- If you have quality, there is never gonna be a slack time for your restaurant.
3.2(slow)(wind) flojo(water) manso(pace) relajado
- These attacks will continue, and enforcement will be slack, especially if Boy George gets another four years.
- The industry is still swamped with capacity, and the slack economy has slowed demand.
- There is plenty of time for storytelling as we wait for slack tide.
- 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.
- Tightly edited, FUBAR doesn't grow as slack or indulgent as many mockumentaries do.
- 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.
- One minute later however Leixlip went ahead again courtesy of some very slack defending.
- The sea becomes still - it is slack tide.
- On neap tides it's usually slack enough to dive an hour before this and up to an hour after.
- They're not actually rude or deliberately slack (unlike some of the Cafe Uno staff), just dubiously competent.
- This species is more active at night during slack tides.
- Expect the main action to come the two hours either side of slack water.
- ‘Winter is not a slack season for power use as many people think,’ he said.
- 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.
- Though the pace is slack and the jokes are slim, the chemistry between Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson is as sparkly as ever.
- I've been through this before, selling a house into a slack, sluggish market.
- The one thing we both agreed on was the slack service.
- So I wasn't ready to be there, I was a bit slack, and I guess I was difficult.
- When the tide turns and the water becomes slack, the dives are dull, with little wildlife.
1(rope, wire)there's not enough/there's too much slack in the rope — la cuerda está demasiado tensa/floja
- We decided that even if all the slack in the rigging had been removed, the 45m rope would still have been well short.
- He went until the rope pulled tight and then he barked for more slack to be given.
- We had taken most of the slack out of the ropes, but there was always some.
- With the slack in the rope, she darted forward, and pinched the bulge in her teeth, and tugged, eliciting a scream from Spade.
- He had taken up the slack in the rope he felt me give him and then raced as fast as he could up to the only available anchor - a tree.
- Stay loose and leave a little slack - you know Murphy's Law's operating, so go with the flow.
- I followed and when I arrived at the slung chockstone I yelled for slack to get some rope in order to lower myself across the slab.
- Show how to lead properly by having slack in the lead rope and allowing the horse to carry his head at a natural level.
- She puts slack on the rope and tells the stupid man just to back away slowly.
- But, as I rose and Pung pulled in the slack on the rope, I felt totally secure - far more confident than during my low viewpoint descent.
- I was so eager that I took off without waiting for Ben to answer or to take the slack out of the rope.
- You might have a bit of slack in the rope but it will just tighten up at the other end.
- A sport climber will keep falling until he is past the last quickdraw he's clipped into and all the slack in the rope is taut.
2slacks pluralpantalones (de sport) masculine
1haraganearflojear informalhacer el vago Spain informal
- A lot of men died in earlier wars just because they slacked off.
- My goodness Charlotte you have really been slacking these past few days, haven't you?
- For the last two years, he has slowly slacked off and now doesn't give me anything!
- Once I realized that I'd slacked myself past the point where that would be possible, I decided to shoot for running it next year.
- But now it was April, the weather was getting warm, and everyone one was slacking a bit.
- Previously, miners had been paid $0.39 per ton of large coal and $0.17 for riddled slack.
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