at a snail's pace


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at a snail's pace

Very slowly (as a snail is known to move very slowly). My research is moving at a snail's pace—every experiment I've tried so far has failed. We'll never get there on time with you driving at a snail's pace!
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at a snail's pace

 and at a snail's gallop
very slowly. Things are moving along at a snail's pace here, but we'll finish on time—have no fear. Poor old Wally is creeping at a snail's gallop because his car has a flat tire.
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at a snail's pace

COMMON If something is moving or happening at a snail's pace, it is moving or happening very slowly. The vote counting continues at a snail's pace but already clear results are emerging. The economy grew at a snail's pace in the first three months of this year. She was driving at a snail's pace, looking in every house. Note: You can also use snail's pace before a noun. Observers hope that the meeting will speed up two years of snail's-pace progress. Note: You usually use this expression when you think that it would be better if it went more quickly.
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at a snail's pace

extremely slowly.
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at a ˈsnail’s pace

(informal) very slowly: My grandmother drove the car at a snail’s pace.
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Tell them how the wheels of government, which usually grind along at a snail's pace when it comes to helping the little guy, speeded up this week for Michael and Skipper so they can have a real roof, not just cardboard, over their heads soon.
As a federal agency, we have to proceed at a snail's pace," says Vicky Risner, project director and dance specialist at the Library of Congress, "but the deal is definitely a go.
Among projects that have come to a halt or are advancing at a snail's pace are: rehabilitation of the old Duarte bridge over Ozama River; construction of the bridge parallel to Duarte bridge over Ozama Expansion of the Las Americas highway; construction of the El Higuero International Airport; expansion of the Santiago-Navarrete highway; construction of the Centro Universitario Regional Santiago de la Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo.
From the perspective of members, many of whom have downsized their organizations by 50 percent or more while reducing cycle times from years to months and from months to days, the FASB works at a snail's pace.
One LIC project which is moving forward at a snail's pace is the Hunters Point 9 million-square-foot mixed-use complex being developed by the New York State Urban Development Corp (UDC), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York City Public Development Corp.
Cars crawled along the eastbound lanes of the busy motorway as a convoy of hauliers drove at a snail's pace from Cross Hands in west Wales towards Newport 90 miles away.
The goal is to have a continuously moving line where planes are pulled forward at a snail's pace - one-half inch per minute - during an entire shift.
Such motion is extremely difficult to detect because at a great distance from Earth, even a speedy galaxy appears to cross the sky at a snail's pace.
I've been nudging [the state's pension plans] for two years on this, and they've been operating at a snail's pace when it comes to bringing in emerging firms," complains Jones.
Anyone who has driven, at a snail's pace, through so-called roadworks with not a worker in sight might feel inclined to ask: "That long?
to cheers from the rapt crowd, which had sat for four hours while the taping of the show had crept along at a snail's pace.
Ordinarily, evolution seems to amble along at a snail's pace.