drag (one's) feet

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drag (one's) feet

1. Literally, to not completely pick up one's feet when walking, so that they drag with each step. Please stop dragging your feet, you're going to wear out the soles of your shoes.
2. To move slowly and reluctantly because one does not want to do something. We can't be late for the dentist, so quit dragging your feet and get in the car!
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drag one's feet

Also, drag one's heels. Act or work with intentional slowness, deliberately hold back or delay. For example, The British had been dragging their feet concerning a single European currency. This metaphor for allowing one's feet to trail dates from the mid-1900s.
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drag your feet (or heels)

(of a person or organization) be deliberately slow or reluctant to act.
1994 Nature Conservancy We can't afford to drag our feet until a species is at the brink of extinction.
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drag your ˈfeet/ˈheels

do something very slowly or delay doing something because you do not want to do it: How much longer will the government go on dragging its feet about whether to invest more money in the railways?
See also: drag, feet, heel
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We would never allow manufacturers to drag their feet on this new law.
Glendale Senior Assistant City Attorney Steven Lins said his city is considering a nuisance abatement or criminal charges against companies that drag their feet on cleanups.
The FCC rules were never supported by public opinion; they can't drag their feet anymore.
Caution: There's a strong possibility middle managers would drag their feet about setting up meetings on their own, claiming they lack the time.
If they run to their usual performance, they will likely try to drag their feet and reinterpret this decision to their advantage so it will probably take another remand (appeal to NAFTA) before we get there," he says.
Practically everyone, and the show's creators are not about to drag their feet when it comes to doling out clues.
The misconception of international trade as a zero-sum game is already hard to overcome, but to give rich countries another excuse to drag their feet in fulfilling their commitments under the Uruguay Round agreement holds up further progress.
The main problem is that G7 governments continue to drag their feet on ECA reform," says Ruchi Bhandari, co-author of the report.
In a nutshell: Nice nature photography, but producers kind of drag their feet getting to crittercam images, which are only intermittently interesting.
There are people in the church who can drag their feet and be very angry and obstructionist.
The city officials who drag their feet on studying secession only lend credence to the secessionists' strongest argument - that the current regime is too lazy and too incompetent to run a big city.
And City Councilman Joel Wachs, who also sits on the council's ad hoc committee on secession, said if it should appear that any city staffers are delaying, ``I for one will be riding herd to make sure they don't drag their feet.
Those who don't see their path to success will drag their feet because they have no interest in investing themselves in the project.
Miscikowski is particularly troubled that adult businesses may be rushing forward to get permits while city officials drag their feet.