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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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Crantock Bay George Scott The former assistant to Lady Cecil was office-bound to scan the entries for Windsor on Sunday after the son of Havana Bay impressed in a solo exercise on the peat moss gallop.
"What we call 'work' is when they put three horses together, and they gallop. He did not do that, but it was a step-up and he got a big tick."
Azhar Al Wardi and Fatima Al Manji, some of the country's most talented female jockeys, who have achieved success in races across the Gulf, also took part in the Gallops of Oman challenge.
H E Sheikh Thabet bin Hamad Almjali, Wali of Bidya, said, "Gallops of Oman is a very important event for Oman as well as internationally.
Gallop He explained: "All we had there was a dirt gallop and it was getting harder to get the horses race fit, especially over the last couple of years because of the bad weather.
It sharpens them up and I remember my father sending the great Mill Reef for a gallop at Newbury before his 1971 Arc success, as he hadn't had a race since winning the King George in July.
| Farewell I have told that story quite a few times before but it sums up Gallops. They were rarely pretty - but brutal, aggressive and brilliant.
Although Telford''s Warehouse is not bursting at the seams, there is enough of a swell of people to bring the heat up and give the sonic barrage of Gallops the reaction it deserves.
With Sheikh Mohammed's operation keen to emphasise they were not trials so much as gallops, 15 horses were in action over seven furlongs.
S VVBENBATL Saeed Bin Suroor With Bin Suroor at the Keeneland Sales, his understudy Tony Howarth supervised work just after 6am on the Limekilns where the best stock was sent on the round gallop, including this two-time Group 1 winner.
It is admittedly math-y, but more than two years since Gallops released their first EP, they have managed translate what makes them such a brutally beguiling live act on to tape with some panache.
Gallops manage to be experimental without the drawn out self-indulgence.
Dartnall has one of the stiffest gallops in the country at his Barnstaple base and Russian Trigger is just the kind of horse who would keep plodding up it all day.
NEWMARKET GALLOPS David Milnes VVBENBATL Saeed Bin Suroor After nearly three months, normal service was finally resumed on the Limekilns yesterday morning.
Gallops, Yours Sincerely Dr Hardcore (released Monday) IT has been a long time coming but Gallops' debut has landed.