Definition of drag one's feet in US English:

drag one's feet

phrase

  • 1Walk slowly and wearily or with difficulty.

    • ‘I sighed as I began to walk down the hallway dragging my feet and counting the number of steps I took.’
    • ‘He drags his feet when he walks, following George step for step.’
    • ‘Not enough crisp brown leaves through which I can noisily drag my feet when walking along the pavements.’
    • ‘Chris began dragging his feet as we walked briskly to the main doors.’
    • ‘Katie drags her feet as she walks to Ashley's room.’
    • ‘Slowly, dragging his feet, he walked toward the front entrance.’
    • ‘Jake gave a little groan and slowly walked over, dragging his feet like a man condemned to death.’
    • ‘Tom, almost as if he were responding to a dog whistle, jumped off the sofa, dragging his feet as he walked to the Kitchen.’
    • ‘As people left wearily after midnight, dragging their feet and looking stunned, the cliche of the previous week seemed suddenly full-bodied.’
    • ‘I have a cousin who kind of drags his feet when he walks.’
    • ‘Jason was dragging his feet as we walked up to the studio.’
    • ‘Andrea stood and walked away, dragging her feet slightly.’
    • ‘Angela spotted Elizabeth across the store, her son dragging his feet slowly behind him.’
    • ‘The tan girl continued to drag her feet and walk with her head down.’
    • ‘A loud bell rang and the children took their time stopping their play and slowly, dragging their feet, trudging back inside.’
    • ‘‘You should have listened to me,’ I replied tiredly, dragging my feet as I walked.’
    • ‘Frankie walked away, dragging his feet as he went.’
    • ‘Trudging slowly through the darkness dragging my feet so as not to step on anything.’
    • ‘Slowly she dragged her feet walking into the bathroom and splashed water on her face to wake her up.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘He said: ‘It seems to me someone is dragging their heels.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Often castigated for dragging their heels, they have for once acted with startling haste.’
      • ‘I fail to see why the association are dragging their heels on this.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They deny they are dragging their heels on the investigation into the scandal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The phone companies have been dragging their heels on the issue,’ he said.’
      • ‘It was due in September but he has dragged his heels.’
      • ‘But now, strangely enough, who's dragging their heels?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There has already been a good deal of frustration over the project, including accusations that city staff dragged their heels.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘This rather seems to bear out his surmise… that they are deliberately dragging their heels.’
      • ‘The council are certainly dragging their heels.’
      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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