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painfully slow

This page is about the collocation painfully slow

collocation pattern: adverb + adjective

Meaning

extremely slow, or so slow that people become impatient

For example

  • Progress in the talks has been painfully slow.

  • I know his recovery has been painfully slow, but it was a very serious accident.

Quick Quiz

If a train journey is painfully slow, passengers might

a. begin to feel impatient

b. move around slowly

c. be in serious pain

Contributor: Matt Errey