feeding more slack


Senior Member
Czech Republic, Czech
Hi, could you please explain what the following phrase means?

As the mower moved, the rope unraveled itself, slowly feeding more slack to the mower so it could go in bigger and bigger circles.

(from Nick and Tesla´s High-Voltage Danger Lab by Science Bob Pflugfelder)
  • Franco-filly

    Senior Member
    English - Southern England
    Except that in this situation, the rope is stretched tight - there is no slack.
    So, as the rope unravels/unwinds it allows a greater length of rope to be available. It's the momentum of the mower pulling on the freed rope that takes up "what would be slack/loose" rope immediately.
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