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at a snail's pace

Very slowly (as a snail is known to move very slowly). My research is moving at a snail's pace—every experiment I've tried so far has failed. We'll never get there on time with you driving at a snail's pace!
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break into a gallop

Of a horse, to begin running (i.e. "galloping"). The inexperienced rider found herself clutching the reins when her horse broke into a gallop.
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at a snail's gallop

Very slowly. Snails are known for moving very slowly. My research is moving at a snail's gallop—every experiment I've tried so far has failed. We'll never get there on time with you driving at a snail's gallop!
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gallop through (something)

1. Literally, to travel on horseback very quickly through some place or area. (A "gallop" is a running stride by a horse.) My horse galloped through the countryside while I clung to the reins in terror.
2. By extension, to do something hastily and, often, sloppily. I can tell you galloped through this essay—look at all these spelling errors!
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at a snail's pace

 and at a snail's gallop
very slowly. Things are moving along at a snail's pace here, but we'll finish on time—have no fear. Poor old Wally is creeping at a snail's gallop because his car has a flat tire.
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break into a gallop

[for a horse] to begin to gallop; [for a horse] to speed up to a gallop. The pony broke into a gallop, racing to get home. Near the stables, the horse broke into a fast gallop.
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gallop through something

 
1. Lit. [for a horse] to pass through something at a gallop. Her horse galloped through the garden and dumped her in the cabbages. A few horses galloped through the meadow.
2. Fig. to go through something quickly; to do or perform something rapidly and perhaps carelessly. Mike galloped through his song and left the stage in a hurry. Don't just gallop through your homework!
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at a snail's pace

COMMON If something is moving or happening at a snail's pace, it is moving or happening very slowly. The vote counting continues at a snail's pace but already clear results are emerging. The economy grew at a snail's pace in the first three months of this year. She was driving at a snail's pace, looking in every house. Note: You can also use snail's pace before a noun. Observers hope that the meeting will speed up two years of snail's-pace progress. Note: You usually use this expression when you think that it would be better if it went more quickly.
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at a snail's pace

extremely slowly.
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at a ˈsnail’s pace

(informal) very slowly: My grandmother drove the car at a snail’s pace.
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at a snail’s pace

and at a snail’s gallop
mod. very slowly. Poor old Willy is creeping at a snail’s gallop because his car has a flat tire. The building project is coming along at a snail’s pace.
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at a snail’s gallop

verb
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at a snail's pace

Very slowly. The slowness of snails was pointed out about 200 b.c. by the Roman poet Plautus and the term “snail’s pace” in English goes back to about 1400. Relative to its size, however, a snail travels a considerable distance each day, using the undersurface of its muscular foot to propel itself.
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David Currie, chief executive officer at JDR, added: "We are extremely proud to have been appointed to supply the array cables for the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm.
Galloper is an extension of the existing and fully operational Greater Gabbard wind farm.
GE (NYSE:GE) and Petrofac (LSE:PFC) announced on Thursday a contract worth over GBP110m by Galloper Wind Farm Ltd to engineer, construct and install a turnkey power system to efficiently connect up to 336 megawatts of clean energy from the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Suffolk, UK, to the British grid.
At a place called Moreuil Wood, Galloper Jack, now in command of a Canadian Cavalry Brigade, charged into action.
Located off the coast of Suffolk, the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm is expected to generate electricity sufficient to power around 336,000 households.
SUBSEA power cable makers JDR Cables has secured a PS30m contract to supply equipment for the Galloper Wind Farm.
That's not to say the drop in trip won't suit Sir Michael Stoute's colt, as he often takes a keen grip over further, but he is a strong galloper who doesn't possess a killer burst of speed.
Stablemate Denman, a resolute galloper, may put pressure on his jumping and the likely soft ground will test his stamina.
Henrietta Knight has always schooled the old galloper brilliantly towards Cheltenham glory.
He's just a galloper and if he gets stopped he finds it very hard, especially on this fast ground, to pick up."
Murphy said: "He's very much like Paris Pike - although not as classy - in that he is a relentless galloper." Stablemate Addington Boy, another early casualty in the National, may wait for the Whitbread.
Contract Awarded for Galloper offshore wind farm substation platform
However, he's been hit with a 5lb rise and, being a strong galloper, this track may be tighter than ideal.
"He is a tough galloper, but takes a lot of getting fit and will improve."
She is not short of pace for a stayer and may be better suited by this sharp circuit than out-and-out galloper Rule For Ever even though the latter is a course winner.