an English question

@dufresne (137)
China
May 5, 2009 6:56pm CST
In the sentence "Cut yourself some slack. It's okay to chang your mind and suggest a different approach as long as you haven't made any commitments to the other side."(excerpted from a book about negotiating skills). I got almost clueless about "cut yourself some slack". Would you explain?
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4 responses
• United States
6 May 09
To "cut some slack" is an idiom meaning to allow someone to do something that usually wouldnt be allowed, to be less severe, or to make an allowance or exception for someone or something. So, in this case, it means to not judge yourself harshly or in a negative light if you decide to change your mind. It is saying that you shouldn't expect yourself to be right initially all of the time.
@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
6 May 09
I think it means, to stop worrying, give your yourself a break, it can be hard sometimes figuring out the English language....
• United States
7 May 09
it means "don't be so hard on yourself" or give yourself more room to be flexable-like a slack rope.
• United States
6 May 09
Don't be so hard on yourself to have a solid answer, it is ok to think about the solutions that are possible and then choose one.