Meaning of let something slide in English:

let something slide

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  • 1Negligently allow something to deteriorate.

    ‘Papa had let the business slide after Mama's death’
    • ‘Unfortunately, he has let things slide; he has allowed the laws against immorality to become a dead letter, and the Viennese to do very much as they please.’
    • ‘As many of you know, they cannot let a snide comment slide; they cannot turn the other cheek and allow the lecture, talk, forum or film to progress.’
    • ‘I have to find/make friends and maintain relationships, not letting them slide because ‘we won't be here for long‘.’
    • ‘I just started letting shots slide away and once I'd made one or two on the trot it was difficult to stop making bogies.’
    • ‘And it's up to them to embrace that rather than letting it slide.’
    • ‘Keith, who could get a chimpanzee to hit a flawless shot, noticed I had let my grip slide.’
    • ‘Once they've enjoyed their neighborhoods in this way, it's almost cruel to let things slide back to the way they were.’
    • ‘Trusting in them, I let things slide until sometime around the 10th, at which point my mother begins to worry that the computer will not arrive in time for Christmas.’
    • ‘At times, it might seem easier to just let things slide but, if you make that a pattern, you're denying your own feelings - not a good thing.’
    • ‘They seem to know when to let subjects slide.’
    neglect, pay little attention to, pay no attention to, not attend to, be remiss about, be lax about, shirk, skimp on, let something go downhill, let something go to seed
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    1. 1.1Allow something to go without punishment.
      ‘she isn't one to let such behaviour slide’
      • ‘I let her comments slide at the time.’
      • ‘It frightened Trent a little bit and made him feel very uneasy but he let it slide.’
      • ‘Because this is your first offense, I will let it slide.’
      • ‘I pretend to ignore his rudeness, but Meryl is not willing to let it slide.’
      • ‘If people like your personality, they will let mild transgressions slide.’