(as) slow as a snail
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British pronunciation/az slˈəʊ az ɐ snˈeɪl/
American pronunciation/æz slˈoʊ æz ɐ snˈeɪl/
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extremely low in speed

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(as|) slow as a snail definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "slow as a snail" and when to use it?

The idiom "slow as a snail" is a simile that has been in use for centuries. It is a straightforward comparison, likening the speed of something to that of a snail. Snails are known for their leisurely and deliberate pace, which makes them a common point of reference when describing something or someone that moves very slowly. This expression is used to describe a situation, action, or person that moves at an exceptionally slow or sluggish pace. It emphasizes a lack of speed or efficiency.

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The line at the post office was moving slow as a snail because of the long wait times.
Her progress in learning the language is slow as a snail, but she's determined to improve.
The construction project is progressing slow as a snail due to various delays.
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