Idioms

    drag one's feet/heels, to act with reluctance; delay: The committee is dragging its feet coming to a decision.

Origin of drag

1350–1400; 1920–25 for def 18; Middle English; both noun and v. probably < Middle Low German dragge grapnel, draggen to dredge, derivative of drag- draw; defs 29, 30, 38 obscurely related to other senses and perhaps a distinct word of independent orig.
Related formsout·drag, verb (used with object), out·dragged, out·drag·ging.

Synonym study

1. See draw.

Definition for drag one's feet (2 of 2)

feet

[ feet ]
/ fit /

noun

a plural of foot.
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British Dictionary definitions for drag one's feet (1 of 2)

drag

/ (dræɡ) /

verb drags, dragging or dragged

noun

Word Origin for drag

Old English dragan to draw; related to Swedish dragga

British Dictionary definitions for drag one's feet (2 of 2)

feet

/ (fiːt) /

noun

Derived Formsfeetless, adjective
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Science definitions for drag one's feet

drag

[ drăg ]

A force acting on a moving body, opposite in direction to the movement of the body, caused by the interaction of the body and the medium it moves through. The strength of drag usually depends on the velocity of the body.♦ Drag caused by buildup of pressure in front of the moving body and a decrease in pressure behind the body is called pressure drag. It is an important factor in the design of aerodynamically efficient shapes for cars and airplanes.♦ Drag caused by the viscosity of the medium as the molecules along the body's surface move through it is called skin drag or skin friction. It is an important factor in the design of efficient surface materials for cars, airplanes, boat hulls, skis, and swimsuits. Compare lift. See Note at aerodynamics.
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Idioms and Phrases with drag one's feet (1 of 3)

drag one's feet


Also, drag one's heels. Act or work with intentional slowness, deliberately hold back or delay. For example, The British had been dragging their feet concerning a single European currency. This metaphor for allowing one's feet to trail dates from the mid-1900s.

Idioms and Phrases with drag one's feet (2 of 3)

drag


In addition to the idioms beginning with drag

  • drag in
  • drag on
  • drag one's ass
  • drag one's feet
  • drag queen

also see:

  • a drag
  • in drag
  • look like something the cat dragged in
  • main drag
  • wild horses wouldn't drag me

Idioms and Phrases with drag one's feet (3 of 3)

feet


In addition to the idioms beginning with feet

  • feet of clay
  • feet on the ground

also see:

  • at someone's feet
  • both feet on the ground
  • dead on one's feet
  • don't let the grass grow under one's feet
  • drag one's feet
  • fall on one's feet
  • get one's feet wet
  • get the lead out of (one's feet)
  • get to one's feet
  • have two left feet
  • hold someone's feet to the fire
  • off one's feet
  • on one's feet
  • put one's feet up
  • rush off one's feet
  • shake the dust from one's feet
  • six feet under
  • stand on one's feet
  • take the load off (one's feet)
  • think on one's feet
  • under one's feet
  • vote with one's feet

Also see underfoot.

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