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snail's pace

an extremely slow rate:
The work progresses at a snail's pace.
Origin of snail's pace
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
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Examples from the web for snail's pace
  • Thoughts and speech may slow down to a snail's pace.
  • Some of us moved quickly up the side of the mountain, while others took their time and trekked at a snail's pace.
  • Higher-paid computer jobs have been added at a snail's pace.
  • But the case is grinding along at snail's pace, after two years of procedural wrangling.
  • Improvement at a snail's pace and chronic underachievement are inadequate and unacceptable.
  • Then it will creep along the track at a snail's pace.
  • Work proceeded sometimes at a snail's pace, demanding patience.
  • It travels at this snail's pace across the willow clearing.
  • The doctor's office was crowded as usual, but the doctor was moving at a snail's pace.
  • Real production and income have grown at a snail's pace.
British Dictionary definitions for snail's pace

snail's pace

a very slow or sluggish speed or rate
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Idioms and Phrases with snail's pace

snail's pace

A very slow pace, as in They're making progress with testing the new vaccine, but at a snail's pace. [ c. 1400 ]
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