snail's pace


noun

an extremely slow rate: The work progresses at a snail's pace.

Nearby words

  1. snail cam,
  2. snail darter,
  3. snail fever,
  4. snail kite,
  5. snail mail,
  6. snail-paced,
  7. snailfish,
  8. snailflower,
  9. snake,
  10. snake charmer

Origin of snail's pace

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50

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British Dictionary definitions for snail's pace

snail's pace

noun

a very slow or sluggish speed or rate
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Idioms and Phrases with snail's pace

snail's pace

A very slow pace, as in They're making progress with testing the new vaccine, but at a snail's pace. [c. 1400]

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