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drag your feet | drag your heels

Meaning: If you drag your feet, or drag your heels, you do something slowly because you don't really want to do it.

For example:

  • The government promised to provide universal health care, but now it's dragging its feet over the issue.

  • We expected the company to drag its heels when it came to paying compensation to the injured workers, but now it doesn't want to pay anything!

Quick Quiz:

If industries are dragging their feet over the issue of developing new technology to reduce carbon emissions, they are
  1. doing it very carefully
  2. taking a long time to do it
  3. doing it as quickly as possible

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