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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.
See also: break, gallop

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.
See also: break, gallop

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!
See also: gallop, through

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.
See also: pace

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.
See also: pace

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.
See also: pace

at a snail’s gallop

See also: gallop
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Heerema Hartlepool is responsible to fabricate the unmanned offshore Galloper substation platform awarded by Petrofac - where subsea array cables will be connecting turbine generators to a single Offshore Substation Platform (OSP).
Reportedly, this contract was awarded by Galloper Wind Farm Ltd with the goal of helping meet the UK's ambitious goal of generating 15% of the country's electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
Toby Edmonds, project director at Galloper Wind Farm Limited, said: "To date Galloper has invested PS150m on development, of which the majority has been spent with UK based suppliers from as far afield as Aberdeen, Peterborough, Manchester and Cardiff.
At a place called Moreuil Wood, Galloper Jack, now in command of a Canadian Cavalry Brigade, charged into action.
Galloper is an offshore wind farm currently being developed for location 30km off the Suffolk Coast of England.
Mech-Tool Engineering awarded contract for Galloper offshore wind farm substation platform
But Sir Michael Stoute's colt looks very much a middle-distance galloper who may not be seen to best advantage round Longchamp, where the early gallop may be more `stop-go' before the runners sprint up the short straight.
Trainer Roger Charlton reports that Midas Way is not the most extravagant worker in the world, but that he is a straightforward galloper who goes on any ground.
Leading renewable energy consultancy, SgurrEnergy, supported the acquisition of a stake in the 336MW Galloper offshore wind farm in the UK.
Conclusion This strong galloper hit 75 in running last time, so look to back him at bigger odds in running.
Henrietta Knight has always schooled the old galloper brilliantly towards Cheltenham glory.
He picked up well for Kieren Fallon and looks a real galloper with a goodattitude to boot.
Sumitomo Corporation (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo, President and CEO: Kuniharu Nakamura, hereafter Sumitomo) has signed a contract to invest alongside Macquarie Capital in Galloper Offshore Wind Farm (Galloper).
Although behind stablemate Practising here, Full Day was ridden with more restraint but moved through to the front rank in quite a stylish manner before winner Emirates Galloper took control.
He's able to run off what looks a fair mark of 133 in this 2m31/2f handicap chase as he was placed in Grade 2 company over hurdles as a novice last season, and being a strong galloper with a bit of scope he could improve for this code switch.