Definition of drag one's feet in US English:

drag one's feet


  • 1Walk slowly and wearily or with difficulty.

    • ‘‘You should have listened to me,’ I replied tiredly, dragging my feet as I walked.’
    • ‘He drags his feet when he walks, following George step for step.’
    • ‘Jake gave a little groan and slowly walked over, dragging his feet like a man condemned to death.’
    • ‘Jason was dragging his feet as we walked up to the studio.’
    • ‘Chris began dragging his feet as we walked briskly to the main doors.’
    • ‘Slowly she dragged her feet walking into the bathroom and splashed water on her face to wake her up.’
    • ‘Tom, almost as if he were responding to a dog whistle, jumped off the sofa, dragging his feet as he walked to the Kitchen.’
    • ‘Katie drags her feet as she walks to Ashley's room.’
    • ‘The tan girl continued to drag her feet and walk with her head down.’
    • ‘The one who wears baggy jeans and sweatshirts everyday, the one who always looks like she just woke up, the one who slouches, pouts and drags her feet when she walks.’
    • ‘Frankie walked away, dragging his feet as he went.’
    • ‘Trudging slowly through the darkness dragging my feet so as not to step on anything.’
    • ‘As people left wearily after midnight, dragging their feet and looking stunned, the cliche of the previous week seemed suddenly full-bodied.’
    • ‘A loud bell rang and the children took their time stopping their play and slowly, dragging their feet, trudging back inside.’
    • ‘Angela spotted Elizabeth across the store, her son dragging his feet slowly behind him.’
    • ‘I have a cousin who kind of drags his feet when he walks.’
    • ‘Andrea stood and walked away, dragging her feet slightly.’
    • ‘Not enough crisp brown leaves through which I can noisily drag my feet when walking along the pavements.’
    • ‘Slowly, dragging his feet, he walked toward the front entrance.’
    • ‘I sighed as I began to walk down the hallway dragging my feet and counting the number of steps I took.’
    trudge, trek, tramp, trail, hike, plod, shuffle, slouch, drag oneself, drag one's feet, clump, slog, wade, footslog
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    1. 1.1 (of a person or organization) be deliberately slow or reluctant to act.
      ‘the government has dragged its heels over permanent legislation’
      • ‘This rather seems to bear out his surmise… that they are deliberately dragging their heels.’
      • ‘He said: ‘It seems to me someone is dragging their heels.’’
      • ‘Often castigated for dragging their heels, they have for once acted with startling haste.’
      • ‘‘We are still trying to come to terms with recognising this and the Government are dragging their heels,’ he said.’
      • ‘The team seem to be dragging their heels slightly.’
      • ‘The council are certainly dragging their heels.’
      • ‘But now, strangely enough, who's dragging their heels?’
      • ‘Nothing was too little trouble for me and I dragged my heels reluctantly, putting off necessary chores until the last possible moment and even deferring some for another day.’
      • ‘In speaking with his publicity department, it seemed like the station is still interested in a new show from him, but they're dragging their heels.’
      • ‘It was due in September but he has dragged his heels.’
      • ‘The phone companies have been dragging their heels on the issue,’ he said.’
      • ‘While they appear to be well organised, those charged with running the professional game in the west have been dragging their heels on the commercial and marketing front.’
      • ‘Some local authorities are still dragging their heels.’
      • ‘The UK parliament has not done that and the question is are they dragging their heels?’
      • ‘We have dragged our heels on this subject for long enough and now it's time to come out of investigation mode and in to destination mode.’
      • ‘There has already been a good deal of frustration over the project, including accusations that city staff dragged their heels.’
      • ‘I fail to see why the association are dragging their heels on this.’
      • ‘They deny they are dragging their heels on the investigation into the scandal.’
      • ‘They appear to be dragging their heels over appointing a new chief executive, but whoever lands the job will have a mounting pile of problems to sort out.’
      • ‘However, they are issued under a voluntary code and the organisation said there had been thousands of cases where firms had dragged their heels, or simply refused to issue codes.’
      delay, put off doing something, postpone action, defer action, procrastinate, be dilatory, use delaying tactics, stall, temporize, play for time, play a waiting game, dally, take one's time
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