follow Dictionary.com

Yours, Etc.: Origins and Uses of 8 Sign-Offs

snail's pace

noun
1.
an extremely slow rate:
The work progresses at a snail's pace.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
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

noun
1.
a very slow or sluggish speed or rate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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 ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for snail's pace

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for snail

5
7
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with snail's pace

Nearby words for snail's pace