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[foo t-drag-ing] /ˈfʊtˌdræg ɪŋ/
reluctance or failure to proceed or act promptly.
Also, footdragging.
Origin of foot-dragging
1945-50; from the verb phrase drag one's feet Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But former workers still complain of government foot-dragging.
  • Unfortunately these innovations have not been copied elsewhere, so the foot-dragging continues.
  • Its negotiating style is marked by bluster, foot-dragging, blackmail and brinkmanship.
  • Inefficient tendering gave contractors a chance to squeeze more money out by foot-dragging.
  • Yet the coming weeks offer plenty of scope for quibbling and foot-dragging.
  • He agreed that police foot-dragging over the affair looked troubling.
  • And, with much foot-dragging, that is now happening.
  • Those fines escalated as the foot-dragging continued and the court's level of exasperation mounted.
  • Americans were understandably incensed over the name, despite their own curious foot-dragging.
  • There has been no serious foot-dragging by either company.

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