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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!
See also: pace

snail mail

Paper mail sent through the postal service (as opposed to email). Snails are thought of as very slow. A: "Did we get any exciting snail mail today?" B: "Nah, just some bills." Wait, you sent the invitations snail mail? Why didn't you just do e-vites?
See also: mail, snail

snail's pace

A very slow, arduous pace or rate. My research is moving at a snail's pace—every experiment I've tried so far has failed. We're never going to recoup our development costs if the snail's pace of these sales doesn't pick up.
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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!
See also: 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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snail mail

Ordinary postal service, as opposed to electronic communications. For example, He hasn't taken to his computer so he's still using snail mail. This slangy idiom, alluding to the alleged slowness of the snail, caught on at least partly for its rhyme. [1980s]
See also: mail, snail

snail's pace

A very slow pace, as in They're making progress with testing the new vaccine, but at a snail's pace. [c. 1400]
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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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ˈsnail mail

(informal, humorous) used especially by people who use email on computers to describe the system of sending letters by ordinary mail: I’d love to hear from you, either by email or snail mail.
See also: mail, snail

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

verb
See also: gallop

snail-mail

n. post office mail; regular mail as opposed to electronic mail. (Refers to the slowness of regular mail in comparison to electronic mail or faxes.) There are lots of color pictures in the article, so I will send you the original by snail-mail.

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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Thousands of snails have been released into the wild after a breeding programme in Britain saved them from near extinction.
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pfeifferi snails (Figure, panel A); large numbers (>50), along with innumerable dead shells, were again found at site 9.
A team of researchers from a Cebu university was all too familiar with snails but the species it found in the town of Argao, just a little bigger than a pin head, still came as a surprise.
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This stops intruders, such as mice, from disturbing the snails. It also keep "wild" snails out.
Fiona Carmichael, a keeper at the safari park, said:"African land snails are hermaphrodites - which is a fancy way of saying that one snail is both male and female.
Although an array of methods have been recommended for controlling apple snail infestation, approaches that target water levels are the most common (Litsinger and Estaflo, 1993; Wada et al., 1999; Yusa and Wada, 1999; Cowie, 2002; Darby et al., 2003, 2008; Seuffrent and Martin, 2010).
For the light method, each snail was placed in a small plate containing water exposed to electric lightening of 100 watts bulb lowered to a height of 16 cm above it for 3 h.
They experimented with Sea Snails because they have impressive memory habits and large neurons which makes them easier to work with.
The story tells of a tiny snail who longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale.
This experiment was conducted in Sep 2015 to better understand the risk of the giant African land snail spreading to other regions of Florida from Miami-Dade County.
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This snail known as the giant African snail is a fast-growing invasive phytopolyphagous pest considered as the most ecologically damaging land snail and ranks second among the "100 Worst Alien Invasive Species" [1].