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[sneyl-peyst] /ˈsneɪlˌpeɪst/
slow of pace or motion, like a snail; sluggish.
Origin of snail-paced
First recorded in 1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That was extreme; but, even so, better than a snail-paced dinner!

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • The going was rough, and carrying the girl reduced his advance to a snail-paced crawl.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • We sailed at last; and so ended a snail-paced march across the continent, which had lasted forty days.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • What a transition from the diligence—the lumbering, snail-paced diligence—to the rail.

  • And yet, through all the days of snail-paced toil that followed, I remained truly thankful for that early breakfast.

    The River and I John G. Neihardt
  • In the meantime a snail-paced messenger boy was climbing the Putnam steps with the telegram in his hand.

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