snail's pace


Definition of snail's pace

: an extremely slow pace

Examples of snail's pace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Time passes at snail's pace for a tennis player who cannot play. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Sofia Shapatava says 'tennis may not survive' coronavirus pandemic," 10 Apr. 2020 The legal evolution is moving at a snail's pace compared to the creativity and the drive that a lot of women have to make these kinds of events happen. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "At Portland’s “Weed Prom,” Women Gathered to Celebrate and Strategize," 11 July 2019 Due to budget constraints, the Mars program likely move at a snail's pace, according to available flight manifests. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "This Is NASA's Plan For Humanity's Return to the Moon, and Beyond," 8 Dec. 2016 In the end, Atlas was a big, wobbly humanoid that moved at a snail's pace and fell without warning, sometimes without much reason (a slight incline of a few degrees took down one). Erik Sofge, Popular Mechanics, "The Golden Age of Walking Bots That Never Arrived," 25 Mar. 2016 At the time, news about prom help traveled at a snail's pace by word of mouth. Brian Blair,, "Indiana woman making prom dreams come true, 1 last time," 25 Apr. 2018 Several people who have submitted applications, but haven't gotten a hearing yet, complained to the board of the snail's pace in awarding licenses. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Why Michigan hasn't given out any medical marijuana licenses yet," 19 Apr. 2018 After starting out at high speeds, the chase continued at a snail's pace for the better part of an hour around the time the driver's back tire went flat, a KTRK video showed. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Police use PIT manuever to end hourlong chase," 22 Mar. 2018 Previous contract negotiations have moved at a snail's pace, though. Larry Holder,, "A calm, not a storm, surrounds Drew Brees' contract with the Saints," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of snail's pace

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Snail's pace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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