foot-dragging

noun

foot-drag·​ging ˈfu̇t-ˌdra-giŋ How to pronounce foot-dragging (audio)
: failure to act with the necessary promptness or vigor

Examples of foot-dragging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The latest foot-dragging demonstrates that Britain is still struggling to come to terms with the painful consequences of leaving the European Union in January 2020, which has piled costs on UK businesses and weighed on trade, investment and, ultimately, economic growth. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 29 Aug. 2023 And Germany’s earlier foot-dragging over providing heavy weaponry was a monthslong source of tension. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2023 Ukrainian officials and analysts blamed the delay on Germany’s prior ties to Russia, its perceived dithering at the beginning of the war and its foot-dragging on sending heavy weaponry. Kate Brady, Washington Post, 14 May 2023 That’s probably not as bothersome as Texas’ foot-dragging with Terry. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, 13 Mar. 2023 City officials blame unresponsive residents and their foot-dragging legal counsel for delays in getting the families relocated or back into their houses. Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of foot-dragging was in 1947

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“Foot-dragging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foot-dragging. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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