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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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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.
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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

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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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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Brigadier Abdulrazak Alshawarzi, Commander of the Royal Cavalry and Executive Director of Gallops of Oman, said, "We are delighted that the public turned up in such large numbers.
Apart from the all-weather gallop that winds it's way up from the bottom of the valley to the crest of the hill with it's stunning scenery, there is a schooling ground with fences and hurdles and that is complemented by two grass gallops.
A LOT of hype went into Telescope's racecourse gallop at Lingfield on Wednesday and I'm so sorry for Sir Michael Stoute and Highclere Thoroughbreds that it ended so negatively.
Farewell I have told that story quite a few times before but it sums up Gallops.
Although Telford''s Warehouse is not bursting at the seams, there is enough of a swell of people to bring the heat up and give the sonic barrage of Gallops the reaction it deserves.
With Sheikh Mohammed's operation keen to emphasise they were not trials so much as gallops, 15 horses were in action over seven furlongs.
The son of Dubawi gave Kevin Bradshaw an armchair ride on the round gallop and has some nice entries.
It is admittedly math-y, but more than two years since Gallops released their first EP, they have managed translate what makes them such a brutally beguiling live act on to tape with some panache.
Malton is one of the four great training centres in Britain and there are about stable yards and permit holders who use these gallops.
TRAINER and gallops tour operator Julia Feilden is among those who will have their business affected if proposals to restrict access to the Newmarket training grounds are implemented by Jockey Club Estates next year.
VVKASSBAAN Marco Botti Despite the presence of Botti's usual array of jockeys on the gallops, it was his spouse Lucie who upstaged them all when powering up the hill on the Kodiac juvenile who appears to have improved for his Newmarket debut.
VVOPINION Sir Michael Stoute Representatives from both Ballymacoll Stud and Highclere Thoroughbred Racing joined Stoute on his favoured round gallop on the Limekilns after a heavy downpour the previous day brought the grass gallops back into play.
Indeed, the light is such an issue that clerk of the course Barney Clifford has had to secure special permission for one of the gallops to take place between races, as Tony McCoy is required by two different trainers and there will not be time for him to ride in two gallops within the post-racing window.
Those not lucky enough to be going to Berkshire next month will now have a chance to see the world's best horse at Newmarket on Betfred Cambridgeshire day on September 29 when Frankel gallops before racing.
The racecourse gallop may give Cecil a rare chance to work his superstar on grass as the turf gallops in Newmarket are currently unusable owing to the continuing dry spell.