to drag your feet

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - drag your feet

"to drag your feet"

to do something slowly and reluctantly because you really don't want to do it


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - drag your feet

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Have you got that report ready yet?

Colleague 2:  No. 

Colleague 1:  Why are you dragging your feet on it?  You've had over a week and the deadline is fast approaching.

Colleague 2:  I am sure that the outcome of the report is not going to be favorable so I really don't want to produce it.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - drag your feet

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How is your tooth?

Friend 2:  It is killing me. I didn't think it was possible to feel such excruciating pain.

Friend 1:  Why haven't you gone to the dentist? You've had that toothache for a week.

Friend 2:  I really hate going to the dentist so I drag my feet every time.

to drag your feet - Usage:


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to drag your feet - Gerund Form:

Dragging your feet because you really don't want to mow the lawn is common.

to drag your feet - Examples:

1)  In some cases, civil servants are dragging their feet and even trying to sabotage reform efforts.

2)  Banks are being slammed for dragging their feet when coughing up to those mis-sold the controversial insurance cover.

3)  With rich countries dragging their feet at climate talks in South Africa, the importance of individual action is being highlighted.

4)  More schools allow pupils to use phones. So why are the rest dragging their feet? Is it a question of control? Or is it fear of being shown ...

5)  ... but the powers that be, are dragging their feet and not doing much.

6)  ... of your sign is moving at a snail's pace. It is dragging its feet. Meanwhile, you are trying to avoid what seems like a date with an ...

7)  ... the rest of the nation's housing market for so long has been dragging its feet for almost the entire year.

8)  Ten years later, Exxon is still dragging its feet.

9)  ... has taken so long to reach this stage is because various governments have dragged their feet.

10)  The Member States have not only dragged their feet on this, but they've dropped the anchor.

11)  ... knew I could always self-publish. I began talking with Northwestern but they dragged their feet. I finally decided that self-publishing would be the best route.

12)  I mean we were homeless for 3 months while they dragged their feet in repairing our place and even now we are still fighting to get our stuff.

13)  I don't know why I'm surprised really, he's been dragging his feet with regards to moving for a long time now.

14)  ... keeps quiet, but doesn't get to work. His reason for dragging his feet is that he probably doesn't like to do schoolwork.

15)  ... whilst social services and family members drag their feet at arranging follow up care, all preventing ill patients from actually being admitted ...

16)  No, they won't drag their feet, the third party insurer will want things done as soon as possible to keep ...

17)  They could follow the example of Japan, which has dragged its feet on reform in the 1990s and remains tangled in a long period of sluggish growth ...

18)  ... the BBC dragged its feet for 22 months, denied any wrong-doing, accused the complainant and his lawyer of ...

19)  I mentioned a few weeks ago, we're still slightly guilty of dragging our feet when it comes to wrapping things up in the transfer market as quickly as possible ...

20)  ... is this just more attempts to block legislating for something we've been dragging our feet on for two decades?