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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 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

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Address : Galloper Wind Farm, RWE Innogy UK, Auckland House, Lydiard Fields, Great Western Way, Swindon, SN5 8ZT
Arno van Poppel, chief executive officer of VBMS, said: "We are very pleased to have signed this contract for Galloper Wind Farm Ltd.
Achieving financial close quickly was an essential component for Galloper to remain on-track in regards to construction as well as becoming operational in time to qualify from the government s Renewable Obligation Certificate subsidies.
The Galloper offshore wind farm would include of 56 wind turbines and is located about 27 kilometers off the coast of Suffolk, United Kingdom.
The European Investment Bank, Europe s long-term investment institution, has agreed to provide GBP 225 million for the Galloper Wind Farm Ltd (GWFL) to be constructed 27 km off the Suffolk Coast.
00 Ascot) A two-time winner of this race when it was staged at Newmarket, but being a strong galloper she may prove less effective on this round course unless there is plenty of pace on from the outset.
CASE STUDY PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Greater Gabbard is a 500MW wind farm under construction on Inner Gabbard and The Galloper sandbanks, 23km off the coast of Suffolk.
RUMOURS were abound over the identity of the mystery galloper when trainers and jockeys walked the course before racing on Monday and saw hoof prints leading over the first two hurdles.
He's a real tough galloper and the Cesarewitch and even the Melbourne Cup could be on the agenda later on.
He is a relentless galloper and he will win a decent race one day.
There has to be stamina doubts about King's Best and Sakhee is a great galloper and I wouldn't swap him for anything.
Contract Awarded for Supply and installation of two 45 kilometer long export cables for Galloper Offshore Wind Farm connecting the wind farm to the mainland.
He is a nice, big-striding galloper who stays very well and I will hopefully have him in the right places at the right time.
Having been once bitten and twice shy of him it is probably madness to jump back on the bandwagon but he is well handicapped and, as his jockey Andrew Thornton says: "He's a relentless galloper with a high cruising speed and he's a rugged horse who would love a slog.
He was smart over hurdles as well and that bit of speed could prove vital against an out-and-out galloper like Edmond, with O'Dwyer looking to boost his bank balance following a ban for not making enough effort.