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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!
See also: pace

break into a gallop

Of a horse, to begin running (i.e. "galloping"). The inexperienced rider found herself clutching the reins when her horse broke into a gallop.
See also: break, gallop

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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break into a gallop

[for a horse] to begin to gallop; [for a horse] to speed up to a gallop. The pony broke into a gallop, racing to get home. Near the stables, the horse broke into a fast gallop.
See also: break, gallop

gallop through something

1. Lit. [for a horse] to pass through something at a gallop. Her horse galloped through the garden and dumped her in the cabbages. A few horses galloped through the meadow.
2. Fig. to go through something quickly; to do or perform something rapidly and perhaps carelessly. Mike galloped through his song and left the stage in a hurry. Don't just gallop through your homework!
See also: gallop, through

at a snail's pace

very slowly The action moves at a snail's pace in this film, as if all the characters were asleep.
Etymology: from the fact that a snail (a small animal with a round shell) moves very slowly
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at a snail's pace

very slowly
Usage notes: A snail is a small animal with a shell that moves very slowly.
The roads were full of traffic and we were travelling at a snail's pace.
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at a snail’s pace

and at a snail’s gallop
mod. very slowly. Poor old Willy is creeping at a snail’s gallop because his car has a flat tire. The building project is coming along at a snail’s pace.
See also: pace

at a snail’s gallop

See also: gallop
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Trainer Liz Doyle said: "He galloped on Tuesday and I just feel the ground will be that bit too quick at Leopardstown.
Last year's Sussex Stakes winner Proclamation, under Kerrin McEvoy, galloped alone, as did Narvik under Dettori.
In Varshovianka, a young woman in red galloped across the space brandishing a flag, then mimicked being shot.
When the Hubbard Glacier galloped towards the Gulf of Alaska earlier this year, scientific understanding of the phenomenon didn't exactly surge forward as well, but the event did offer scientists a rare chance to study the mechanics of a glacial surge and its effects on local ecology and geology.
On Wednesday, October 12 grounds manager and historian Pat Kelly will host a walking tour of the famous common explaining how the vast gallops and schooling grounds are maintained, what their names are, what horses are galloped on which tracks and all about the various surfaces.
When Red Pollard didn't show up or was in the jockey hot box, I galloped Seabiscuit.
Ashley Park, a 16-1 chance, is described by Pitman as "very, very high class" and was galloped after racing at Kempton last Saturday.
Centennial galloped alone, as did Racketeer, who was not asked too much in his spin.
Straightened out, he galloped the rest of the way around the oval.
I let him off the lead, and he galloped 150 yards, no problem.
The California-based gelding went 4 furlongs in :45 3/5 and galloped out 5 furlongs in :58 under jockey Jose Santos here on a clear, windy Wednesday morning.