drag (one's) heels

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drag (one's) heels

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 heels and get in the car!
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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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The move to bring Denis Chrysostom Alexander back for trial follows criticism that the Crown were dragging their heels.
Mr Opperman said: "We need councils to lead the way on the Living Wage, instead Northumberland County Council's Labour administration are still dragging their heels.
A TOP public health doctor has accused drugs firms of "moral bankruptcy" for dragging their heels over finding a vaccine for Ebola.
Ministers are accused of dragging their heels on promised action to curb an explosion in the number of high-interest lenders, which are plunging households into a deadly debt spiral.
But organisers of next year's London Games seem to be dragging their heels.
If they take the initiative they are criticised; if they don't they are condemned for dragging their heels.
Yes, I agree that the Home Office are dragging their heels over this matter, but the simple answer is, deport him as soon as possible.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT Who: Professor David Bailey Why: The business expert and Birmingham Post blogger has raised fears that production at Longbridge could again be in limbo, with output of the MGTF staying at a very low level, and MG's Chinese owners dragging their heels over giving the go-ahead for production of the new MG 6.
Far various reasons - mainly record labels dragging their heels and so on - this hasn't happened, but it's now only a matter of time.
The Russian Football Union are dragging their heels in extending Hiddink's contract, according to the Dutchman's agent Cees van Nieuwenhuizen.
BRUMMIES are dragging their heels in reducing their carbon footprint.
And the new UK Athletics performance director Dave Collins was on hand to witness the British men dragging their heels behind their European rivals.
The European Commission has scolded governments for dragging their heels in enacting anti-terrorism measures approved after the September 11, 2001, attacks and urged EU governments to set aside "bureaucratic and technical" hurdles.
Wales boss Mark Hughes expressed concern earlier this week about how UEFA were dragging their heels over deciding the Group Nine qualifying fate.
The survey also reveals that corporations may be dragging their heels over new technology investment because they -- like the rest of society -- were initially swept up in the web revolution.