snail's pace

noun
an extremely slow rate: The work progresses at a snail's pace.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English

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snail's pace
 
n
a very slow or sluggish speed or rate

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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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Example sentences
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.
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