Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Failure to take prompt or required action: "The inquiry should be thorough and objective, while working fast enough to avoid any suspicion of foot-dragging” ( Economist).

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  • n. The deliberate delaying of obligatory action.

Etymologies

From drag one's feet. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What some call foot-dragging Mrs Merkel regards as creative obstruction.

    The Economist: Daily news and views

  • He seems to have been looking for an excuse to leave Iraq, and Iraqi foot-dragging, which is to be expected in such a rickety parliamentary system, provided it to him.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • A more efficient system is on the doorstep of our most stubborn, foot-dragging sector: government.

    Death of the Duopoly

  • Fortunately, a more efficient system is finally on the doorstep of America's most stubborn, foot-dragging, reactionary sector—government at the local, state and especially federal levels—and its officially authorized, customer-hating agents, the Democrats and Republicans.

    Death of the Duopoly

  • Only last week, the Swiss government relaxed its conditions for sharing information on secret bank accounts, to pre-empt criticism from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that it was foot-dragging over cooperating in hunting down tax-avoiders.

    Swiss Banks Have to Come Clean

  • In particular, there appears to have been a bit of haggling, if not foot-dragging, over a non-disclosure agreement NDA, a standard procedure for high-profile events like the one being organized with Murdoch.

    Media Matters Struggling To Schedule $86,000 Lunch With Rupert Murdoch

  • The result of this foot-dragging is that we are no closer to the government fulfilling David Cameron's pledge to "shine the light of transparency on lobbying".

    Honour the pledge to clean up lobbying, Mr Senate | Observer editorial

  • So Israel's occupation of the West Bank, its economic stranglehold on Gaza, its foot-dragging on peace-making, and the suffering that inflicts on Palestinians all get a pass from the U.S. public and policymakers because they sympathize with Israel's supposedly overriding need to protect its security.

    Ira Chernus: J Street's Wrong Turn

  • The new allegations of foot-dragging could deal "another severe blow" to Toyota's "already fragile consumer trust," says Jesse Toprak, vice president of industry trends at auto-industry reasearcher TrueCar. com.

    Toyota delayed almost a year before issuing 2005 steering defect recall

  • The draft alleged that the foot-dragging over the liquidation helped Goldman because the firm was shorting the assets in the CDO, or betting they would go sour.

    Report to Detail Subprime Underside

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