"to drag your heels"
to do something slowly and reluctantly because you really don't want to do it
Related words and phrases:
Two colleagues are talking ...
Colleague 1: Have you got that report ready yet?
Colleague 2: No.
Colleague 1: Why are you dragging your heels 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.
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 heels every time.
Dragging your heels because you really don't want to mow the lawn is common.
1) In some cases, civil servants are dragging their heels and even trying to sabotage reform efforts.
2) Banks are being slammed for dragging their heels when coughing up to those mis-sold the controversial insurance cover.
3) With rich countries dragging their heels 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 heels? Is it a question of control? Or is it fear of being shown ...
5) ... but the powers that be, are dragging their heels and not doing much.
6) ... of your sign is moving at a snail's pace. It is dragging its heels. 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 heels for almost the entire year.
8) Ten years later, Exxon is still dragging its heels.
9) ... has taken so long to reach this stage is because various governments have dragged their heels.
10) The Member States have not only dragged their heels on this, but they've dropped the anchor.
11) ... knew I could always self-publish. I began talking with Northwestern but they dragged their heels. I finally decided that self-publishing would be the best route.
12) I mean we were homeless for 3 months while they dragged their heels 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 heels with regards to moving for a long time now.
14) ... keeps quiet, but doesn't get to work. His reason for dragging his heels is that he probably doesn't like to do schoolwork.
15) ... whilst social services and family members drag their heels at arranging follow up care, all preventing ill patients from actually being admitted ...
16) No, they won't drag their heels, 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 heels on reform in the 1990s and remains tangled in a long period of sluggish growth ...
18) ... the BBC dragged its heels 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 heels 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 heels on for two decades?