foot-dragging or foot·drag·ging [foo t-drag-ing] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. reluctance or failure to proceed or act promptly.

Origin of foot-dragging First recorded in 1945–50; from the verb phrase drag one’s feet Examples from the Web for foot-dragging Contemporary Examples of foot-dragging

  • In his new book, Duty, Defense Secretary Robert Gates recounts the years of foot-dragging by the aging relics at the Pentagon.

    Michael Sam Is Not a ‘Distraction’

    Dave Cullen

    February 12, 2014

  • Foot-dragging only makes it look like you have something to hide.

    Mitt Romney Clinches: What We Learned From 2012 Republican Race

    Michelle Cottle

    April 25, 2012

  • Health-care reform has many opponents: barking Blue Dogs, foot-dragging Republicans, right-wing media ideologues.

    The Senate’s Endless Getaway

    Samuel P. Jacobs

    July 31, 2009

  • Historical Examples of foot-dragging

  • Jason forced himself into a foot-dragging rush and met Kerk halfway to the ship.


    Harry Harrison

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