Let a problem slip

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Li'l Bull

Senior Member
Spanish (Spain)
Hi, native speakers of English!

If you're talking about someone not making enough of an effort to solve a personal problem, can you say that they are "letting it (i.e. the problem) slip"?

Thanks in advance.
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  • cyberpedant

    Senior Member
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    That doesn't sound familiar to me, Li'l Bull. Are you confusing the phrase with "let (something) slide"? That phrase means, more or less, "to relieve someone of blame or burden" and I don't think it would apply here.


    Senior Member
    English - British
    Not quite, I don't think. If you were only half awake in a meeting, you might say that a particular issue had slipped past you. If your boss then pointed out that your work was pretty poor, he/she might point out that your standards were slipping. If you didn't make an effort to improve, he/she might then say that you were letting things slide.

    I'm sure there is a subtle difference between slipping and sliding. I'll leave it to one of the other regulars to explain it to you.
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