an extremely slow rate: The work progresses at a snail's pace.
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- snail cam,
- snail darter,
- snail fever,
- snail kite,
- snail mail,
- snake charmer
Origin of snail's pace
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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a very slow or sluggish speed or rate
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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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