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!
See also: drag, feet
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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.
See also: drag, feet
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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