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    #1

    pull and slacken

    Is there any word or phrase to describe the action of pulling and then slackening as done in angling or flying a kite.

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    #2

    Re: pull and slacken

    You just said it.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #3

    Re: pull and slacken

    Tense and slacken are antonyms that you could use.

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    #4

    Re: pull and slacken

    When flying a kite, you pull and release the string.
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    #5

    Re: pull and slacken

    If you release the string, you will lose the kite, ted.
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    #6

    Re: pull and slacken

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    If you release the string, you will lose the kite, ted.
    By "release", I mean to release part of the string so that the kite can go higher, lifted by the wind.

    http://www.wikihow.com/Fly-a-Kite
    See Part 2 Step 6
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    #7

    Re: pull and slacken

    Fine, but that is not releasing the string.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 12-Jun-2016 at 15:13. Reason: Fixed typo

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    #8

    Re: pull and slacken

    To make a kite go higher, I would "let out" some string. To bring the kite lower, I would "reel in" some string.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: pull and slacken

    You can also "pay out" some string.
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    #10

    Re: pull and slacken

    What about "release part of the string"?
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