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MOTIVATION

무언가 정말 하기 싫을 때가 있다. 해야하는 것은 알겠는데, 몸이 안움직인다.

  • Gym에 가야하는 것은 알겠는데, 너무 귀찮다
  • 친구가 부탁한 것이 있는데, 너-무 귀찮다
사진 속 산책하기 싫은 강아지처럼 마냥 발을 질질 끄는 장면을 연상시키는 재미있는 표현이 있다. “I’ve been dragging my feet on making DET much nicer”

DEFINITION

  1. To procrastinate, put off; to dawdle, avoid, or make progress slowly and reluctantly.

FROM MOVIES

  • Carl has been trying to get the school board to let him come and do a seminar on good dental hygiene, but they’ve been dragging their feet. (Glee)
  • Stop dragging your feet! You disgust me - you’re nothing but a useless, snivelling baby! (Addams Family)
  • What keeps us doing jobs like this is you dragging your feet. (Tremors)
  • They never would have kidnapped us if you hadn’t dragged your feet on your whole revenge plan. (Greek)
  • As usual, Jeff’s dragging his feet. Getting him to help is like trying to make a pile of water. (Rules Of Engagement)
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FROM NEWS

  • Nations have so dragged their feet in battling climate change that the situation has grown critical and the risk of severe economic disruption is rising, according to a draft United Nations report (NYT)
  • At the same time, some European governments have dragged their feet on improving competitiveness and reducing unemployment. (Bloomberg)
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FROM TWITTER

  • Picked out my engagement ring, so now all I need is a boyfriend who will stop dragging his feet and commit already
  • I had not been to the gym since may and I dragged my feet there yesterday and now I’m dying lol
  • Dragging their feet on climate change, these are the rich countries subsidising fossil fuels

META & CONTEXT

  • Is it a slang? No.
  • Can I use it in an email? Yes.
  • Can I use it in a formal setting? Yes.
  • Frequency? Often

context plot data source: Davies, Mark. (2008-) The Corpus of Contemporary American English: 450 million words, 1990-present. Available online at http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/

COMMENT

Ngram으로 여러 형태를 분석해보면 -ing 형태로 자주쓰이는 것을 알 수 있다. ngram_img image source: Google Ngram 아마 보통 명령형으로 쓰거나 ex) Stop dragging your feet! 또는 계속 미루고 있다는 진행형으로 자주쓰기 때문이 아닐까 싶다 ex) I’ve been dragging my feet… 그렇다면, drag one’s feet 뒤에 자주 등장하는 단어는 무엇일까? ngram_img image source: Google Ngram on 이 자주 쓰이는 것을 알 수 있다.