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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They have accused the authority of "dragging their heels" on the issue.
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If they take the initiative they are criticised; if they don't they are condemned for dragging their heels.
He accused council planning officers of "dragging their heels" over the issue.
He has apparently brought this on himself.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.
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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.