bog down


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bog down

to become encumbered and slow. (As if one were walking through a bog and getting stuck in the mud. Often preceded by a form of get.) The process bogged down and almost stopped. The truck got bogged down in the mud soon after it started.
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bog down somebody/something

also bog somebody/something down
to cause someone or something to stop developing or moving forward The film bogs down after a really great beginning.
Etymology: based on the idea of being trapped in a bog (area of soft, wet earth)
See also: bog, down

bog down

Become stuck, be unable to progress, as in Their research bogged down because they lacked the laboratory expertise. This expression transfers sinking into the mud of a swamp to being hampered or halted. [First half of 1900s]
See also: bog, down
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One problem, according to Sagdeev, is that "bureaucratic dinosaurs" bog down virtually every facet of the scientific community.
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He is meticulous with his facts, as you might expect an engineer to be, but never lets the story bog down in esoteric detail.
Expanding the committee would make it unwieldy and bringing new members up to speed would bog down the panel, several committee members argued.
While major issues remain, Bofferding said the pre-negotiation sessions have done away with many of the minor issues that can bog down bargaining.