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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?
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But if this verdict has to have any meaning, any attempts at witch-hunt and focus on a few, or dragging feet by the government on implementation must be avoided, as it would only lead to confrontation.
He further accused his peace partner, the National Congress Party of dragging feet over the CPA implementation adding there are many outstanding issues that are not yet implemented.
People - smiling ones, the stern-faced, the weary with tired eyes, dragging feet, heavy briefcases.
No transatlantic phone calls subject to changing time zones, no split thinking on possible transfers, no accusations of dragging feet over identified targets.
Where workers once reacted to initiatives by dragging feet, now they may resort to outright sabotage.
Scuffing from dragging feet, high-heel marks, and general dings and nicks can cause irregular wear and tear.