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Difference between Drag one’s feet and Drag one’s foot

drag one’s feet—(also: drag one’s heels) delay doing smth. or doing it very slowly:

  • It’s quite clear that the Government have been dragging their feet over this bill.

drag one’s foot—let one’s foot touch the ground and be pulled along as one moves:

  • George limped back toward the cabin, dragging his foot along the ground.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the nominal compound foot-dragging—deliberate slowness or delay:

  • Parliamentarians again expressed concern over foot-dragging on legislative changes.

See also: pull foot / pull someone’s leg.