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foot-dragging

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[foo t-drag-ing] /ˈfʊtˌdræg ɪŋ/
noun
1.
reluctance or failure to proceed or act promptly.
Origin of foot-dragging
1945-1950
1945-50; from the verb phrase drag one's feet
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  • Jason forced himself into a foot-dragging rush and met Kerk halfway to the ship.

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