To slip the cable

to let go the end on board and let it all run out and go overboard, as when there is not time to weigh anchor. Hence, in sailor's use, to die.

See also: Cable

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Come on now let's be honest and I'm sure s that you'll agree Like me there's been some stormy times when you've ploughed an angry sea We'd truly like to track back in the roughest of those wakes And try to slip the cable on our more miserable mistakes But I'm afraid they're done and dusted with no chance for late aborts So let's be more realistic and just ditch those wishful thoughts We're not the only ones regretful who rue past bitter words So roll on our tomorrows, they're untouched, (well so I've heard)
After a tip-off from a work colleague he tries to slip the cable guy $50 in an attempt to get free cable TV in his new apartment THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT Sunday, five 10.