- an extremely slow rate: The work progresses at a snail's pace.
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
Idioms and Phrases with 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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