drag one's feet

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From the idea of walking while dragging one's feet along the ground, either from lack of enthusiasm or to intentionally slow down movement. Compare dig in one's heels (firmly oppose).

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drag one's feet (third-person singular simple present drags one's feet, present participle dragging one's feet, simple past and past participle dragged one's feet)

  1. (idiomatic) To procrastinate, put off; to dawdle, avoid, or make progress slowly and reluctantly.
    I have been dragging my feet about filing my taxes.
  2. (idiomatic) To intentionally stall, to delay, to obstruct.
    Synonyms: slow-walk, dilly-dally

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