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bog down

To slow down or burden someone or something. (A bog is an area of wet, muddy ground that it is difficult to walk through.) Don't bog down your brother with more suggestions—his paper is due tomorrow, so he needs to commit to a topic and just write about it! We were hoping to open the restaurant by the holidays, but we've gotten bogged down with regulations and permits.
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bogged down

Burdened or impeded by something. (A bog is an area of wet, muddy land that it is difficult to walk through.) Try not to get bogged down in the details of this project—we're looking for speed more than accuracy.
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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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*bogged down

stuck; prevented from making progress. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; become ~.) The students became bogged down with the algebra problems. The Smiths really got bogged down in decorating their house.
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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]
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Next week they plan to rip out the soft carpeting that bogs down Miner's chair and install hardwood floors.
The structure of the play is wildly and admirably ambitious, but as the chronology plods on, the second act bogs down in plot manipulations.
The writing is crisp, highly detailed but always readable, and the narrative never bogs down in a welter of names and units.
On the other hand, the story of the legal case, bogged down in bureaucracy for 26 years, bogs down the book as well.
The case studies of the two companies are intriguing, but Profit Beyond Measure bogs down in overcooked language about "protecting the human niche in the ecosystem" and "nature's exquisitely parsimonious use of matter and energy," to offer but two examples.
Data can crisscross the system bus multiple times as a result and this intensive processing of data bogs down system performance.
The long biography occasionally bogs down when tracking Ginsberg's numerous trips overseas, but it comes alive when chronicling Ginsberg's creative process in the making of "Howl," "Kaddish," "Wichita Vortex Sutra," and other masterpieces.
As we've seen, companies are excited about building applications based on XML messages and documents, but XML processing bogs down their networks.
The tension between Joy and her husband is resolved too early to be considered a real subplot, and some of David Nett and Patty Ramsey's direction bogs down in detail (we are constantly distracted by bits with Raina's pocketbook, which has no function in the story).
Yet his narrative never bogs down, and the reader remains interested in each struggle for an unnamed hillside.
Elsewhere, the weight of so many commercial heavy hitters bogs down Martin's artistry even as it brings to life his wildest crossover dreams.
Despite director Negron's efforts to have the characters connect with one another, the production bogs down in its attempt to sustain a dramatic through-line within all these quirky confrontations.
Sparing readers the legalese that bogs down serious law books, Crier lashes out at a judicial system that has made for ridiculous codes and regulations, all but eliminating personal responsibility, tying up valuable court time and lining the pockets of lawyers more interested in their percentage than a reasonable resolution to a problem.
2, 1959), the production is at its best when re-creating Holly's boyish enthusiasm and magnetism as a concert performer, but bogs down in its overlong attempt to faithfully re-create the singer's recording studio tribulations as he slowly evolves as an artist.