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).

foot′-drag′ger n.
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or foot′drag`ging,

reluctance or failure to proceed or act promptly.
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France is also working to get Iran back into conformity with the 2015 Vienna Accord on its nuclear sector which it has begun violating in protest at US sanctions and what it says is European foot-dragging on economic relief.
After weeks of foot-dragging, the PTI government on Thursday finally agreed to the name of Shehbaz Sharif for the chairmanship of the all-powerful committee of the Parliament.
The chief prober in the on-going Senate inquiry into the P6.4-million shabu smuggling case expressed 'exasperation' over the authorities' foot-dragging in filing cases against erring Bureau of Customs officials for 'possible malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance' in allowing the illegal drug shipment to slip through Customs.
figure By ERIC MATARA The Ogiek community has accused the government of foot-dragging in putting into effect a landmark ruling by the African Court on Human and People's Rights in Arusha, Tanzania on their eviction from Mau Forest, one year after judgement was issued.
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He has announced to contest the polls as an independent candidate after the party leadership's foot-dragging over awarding him election ticket.
It is a route India has been trying to get in operation for a decade, but which met considerable foot-dragging in Iran.