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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

snail mail

Paper mail sent through the postal service (as opposed to email). Snails are thought of as very slow. A: "Did we get any exciting snail mail today?" B: "Nah, just some bills." Wait, you sent the invitations snail mail? Why didn't you just do e-vites?
See also: mail, snail

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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snail mail

Ordinary postal service, as opposed to electronic communications. For example, He hasn't taken to his computer so he's still using snail mail. This slangy idiom, alluding to the alleged slowness of the snail, caught on at least partly for its rhyme. [1980s]
See also: mail, snail

snail's pace

A very slow pace, as in They're making progress with testing the new vaccine, but at a snail's pace. [c. 1400]
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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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ˈsnail mail

(informal, humorous) used especially by people who use email on computers to describe the system of sending letters by ordinary mail: I’d love to hear from you, either by email or snail mail.
See also: mail, snail

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


n. post office mail; regular mail as opposed to electronic mail. (Refers to the slowness of regular mail in comparison to electronic mail or faxes.) There are lots of color pictures in the article, so I will send you the original by snail-mail.
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Rearing and infection of the experimental snails: From the progeny of the susceptible and resistant groups, 100 young susceptible (subgroup Ia) and 100 young resistant (subgroup II a) snails were infected by individual exposure to 8-10 vigorously swimming freshly hatched miracidia in palettes, each palette was with six wells, each well accommodated one snail with 2 mL of de-chlorinated tap water.
The chi-square (yl) test was performed to verify the association between the numbers of matings and numbers of egg layings per snail between the two groups.
Iron HOBSON adds that snails are also a good source of iron, essential for building red blood cells and carrying energy around the body.
A chosen few get plucked from the farm for duty at the spa, where I opted for the 45-minute Snail Spa Celebrity Course.
There are organic slug pellets that are less environmentally harmful but you are still killing the snails.
The snail is unique to southeastern North Carolina, occurring nowhere else in the world.
lucorum, dopamine (DA) decreases snail speed via tonic sole contraction; and ergometrine, a synthetic blocker of one dopamine receptor type in molluscs (Juel, 1983; Shozushima, 1984; Sakharov and Kabotyansky, 1986; Sawada and Maeno, 1987), increases snail speed via tonic sole extension (Pavlova, 2001).
It is thought that a snail could use up to 30 percent of its energy in slime production alone, the study found.
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From January 2010 to December 2011, samples of leaves from Kinno, Musambi and Feutral were taken from the five tehsils of district Sargodha including Sargodha, Bahalwal, Silanwalli, Sahiwal and kotmomin to study the population trends in citrus leafminer (CLM), Phyllocnistis citrella Stainton (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) and its correlation with snail population.