slow-walk

verb
\ ˈslō-ˌwȯk How to pronounce slow-walk (audio) \
slow-walked; slow-walking; slow-walks

Definition of slow-walk

transitive verb

: to delay or prevent the progress of (something) by acting in a deliberately slow manner They can still slow-walk the confirmation process, though, stretching out the Senate's consideration for each Cabinet-level pick for days, which collectively could strangle business in the chamber for months.— Tamar Hallerman The suit claims the university slow-walked a formal complaint filed last December, dragging out the internal investigation until some of the accused male swimmers graduated and could no longer be punished.— Thomas J. Prohaska

Other Words from slow-walk

slow-walking noun
The slow-walking of processing asylum claims, and the huge backlog of cases at ports of entry, are only adding to tensions in the region. — Roberta Jacobson and Dan Restrepo

First Known Use of slow-walk

1976, in the meaning defined above

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“Slow-walk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slow-walk. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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