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    I am looking for an expression describing something that is happening awfully slowly, or is developing at a maddeningly slow pace. Like a story line in a book or a movie.

    Is there such an idiom?

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    At a snail's pace?

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    Would you say that about a book or a movie, though? It seems a little too literal to me (i.e., it can be used in regards to the actual speed of some moving object).

    I am, rather, talking about something that's being doled out very little at a time and at lengthy intervals.
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    Default Re: slow

    Quote Originally Posted by catbert View Post
    I am looking for an expression describing something that is happening awfully slowly, or is developing at a maddeningly slow pace. Like a story line in a book or a movie.

    Is there such an idiom?
    Not an idiom, but you would often see/hear "painstakingly" for that purpose.

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    I am, rather, talking about something that's being doled out very little at a time and at lengthy intervals.
    How about "drip-feed/fed"?

    "The movie was excruciatingly slow, I felt like we were being drip-fed the plot at long intervals".
    "The book took ages to get going, as if the plot was on a slow drip-feed".

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    I am, rather, talking about something that's being doled out very little at a time and at lengthy intervals.
    How about "drip-feed/fed"?

    "The movie was excruciatingly slow, I felt like we were being drip-fed the plot at long intervals".
    "The book took ages to get going, as if the plot was on a slow drip-feed".

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    I would understand the analogy, but I have never heard it used.

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    Default Re: slow

    what about 'piecemeal'?

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    Heard another one today: as slow as molasses in January.

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    Default Re: slow

    Quote Originally Posted by catbert View Post
    Would you say that about a book or a movie, though? It seems a little too literal to me (i.e., it can be used in regards to the actual speed of some moving object).

    I am, rather, talking about something that's being doled out very little at a time and at lengthy intervals.
    It can be used in this way to describe a plot of a movie or book, and also literal.

    Similar examples to explain that something is boring and slow:
    "It's like watching paint dry." or "watching grass grow".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeptik View Post
    It can be used in this way to describe a plot of a movie or book, and also literal.

    Similar examples to explain that something is boring and slow:
    "It's like watching paint dry." or "watching grass grow".
    Yeah, I know those, it's just not what I wanted to express. I was looking for an English equivalent to a particular Russian saying, but apparently there isn't one.

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