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    What does "picking up the slack" mean here?


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    Re: What does "picking up the slack" mean here?

    From the Free Dictionary:

    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.

    Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed. Copyright Cambridge University Press 2006. Reproduced with permission.

    pick up the slack also take up the slack
    to do something when someone else cannot or will not do itWith our best player injured, other players picked up the slack. Who will take up the slack when our grant money runs out?

    Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms Copyright Cambridge University Press 2003. Reproduced with permission.

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