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.
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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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References in classic literature ?
They were Chinese, with expressionless, Sphinx-like faces, and they walked in peculiar shambling fashion, dragging their feet as if the clumsy brogans were too heavy for their lean shanks.
The ministry has asked prosecutors to investigate BMW for delaying acknowledgement of the issue on purpose and dragging their feet on the recall.
"Now they are dragging their feet on paying back what they owe, while also threatening to re-impose this barrier to justice."
After the 18th amendment, the provinces have the authority to draw policies regarding water-related or environmental issues, and the provincial set-ups are dragging their feet in this crucial matter.
He said the absence of a National Governing Body for the sport is "unacceptable", saying chiefs here are "deliberately dragging their feet" on the matter.
Who was responsible for the delay in the appointment of the NAB prosecutor, Justice Gulzar Ahmed asked, lamenting that it was unfortunate that the country lacked any policy.The bureau's prosecution department was suffering owing to the absence of the prosecutor general, he observed and remarked the authorities were dragging their feet to fill the post to benefit someone.
A Welsh Government spokesperson said: "It is wholly misleading to accuse anyone of n is ding one of Peta dragging their feet on this.
"Instead they have taken on three court cases against their own staff and lost every single one and now they are dragging their feet on settlements."
HARRY REDKNAPP voiced his frustrations at QPR dragging their feet over transfer targets after Joe Cole's equaliser for West Ham denied his rock-bottom side victory in a 1-1 draw at Upton Park.
He said: "The condition of the site, and the fact that it has been left to rot for so long, is due to Netto dragging their feet and stalling for time."
Iran is now tying to crack the whip over a group of Indian oil companies that are dragging their feet about investing in the South Pars gasfield.
AFTER dragging their feet for a week, the Batlagundu police in Tamil Nadu have registered an FIR on Dalit youth P.
Mr Balls is writing to 32 education authorities - one in five across England - which are "dragging their feet", instead of drawing up plans to axe underperforming schools or convert them into privately-run academies.
A SENIOR Midland clergyman has launched a stinging attack against the Burmese authorities, accusing them of dragging their feet as thousands suffer.
The Treasury committee said it was concerned airlines were "dragging their feet" over cooperating on environmental schemes, and the Government should ensure the companies are covering their ecological costs ahead of their inclusion in the Europe-wide emissions trading scheme (EU ETS).