One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Work slowly and ineffectively; lag behind.‘the government is dragging the chain on this issue’
- ‘We have to contrast its dragging the chain on conservation with its pushing ahead on economic growth.’
- ‘Most car makers are dragging the chain in using the new technology, despite their low cost.’
- ‘She challenged the "myth" that the party had dragged the chain on migrant issues.’
- ‘We have said 30 days, and if the Minister drags the chain he can stretch it out to 60.’
- ‘Dragging the chain and mindless dissing of people who are trying to push us in the right direction is simply foolish.’
- ‘It would have assisted employers to know when someone was not just dragging the chain but also taking ruthless advantage.’
- ‘He was inclined to drag the chain, though, and needed the occasional, "Come on, dad!"’
- ‘A more reasonable excuse for buying them would be to convince allies we are not "dragging the chain" and so deserve protection, should we need it.’
- ‘A smart State would not drag the chain; it would not only keep up with the rest of the country but it would lead the country.’
- ‘The local plod was dragging the chain when it came to enforcing the 2.00 a.m. closing time.’
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