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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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If friend drama or homework overload is bogging down your brain, take a breather.
"These people, far from "bogging down" the NHS, offer a significant contribution to the health services received by the people of Wales.
In an event reminiscent of the US Savings and Loan crisis, which lead US banks to sell non-performing properties through the Resolution Trust Company, new international banking legislation, Basel II, is forcing institutions around the world to unload properties that are bogging down their balance sheets.
From chip choices and controller interfaces to host applications, hosting, device drivers and more, clear-cut explanations and examples keep this weighty reference from bogging down, even for those not as advanced in programming or assembly.
Without the accounting profession's aid the intricate procedures for procurement of war material, price control, war taxation, renegotiation and termination of war contracts would hardly have been possible; nor could the civilian economy have kept from bogging down in the maze of record-keeping and reporting requirements imposed upon it.
Members have the chance to provide a "quick fix," complete with sound bite analysis -- where Social Security reform is complicated, bogging down Members with weighty and complex issues of privatization.
The manager in charge told me that the first two weeks went pretty well, then they started bogging down. This is to be expected.
Militant right-wing extremists have learned a trick or two about bogging down the bureaucracy.