Guy Keleny, one of my favourite columnists, has an excellent item in today’s Errors & Omissions in The Independent about a misconceived turn of phrase I had not noticed before:
Bit of a drag: The Thursday essay was about fertility treatment. The introductory blurb said: “Those who can afford it pay up to £10,000 for IVF, but a gentler technique, priced at just £174, could soon be available to all. So why are the experts dragging their heels?”
If somebody is trying to pull you in a direction you don’t want to go, you may dig in your heels. If you are proceeding slowly and reluctantly, you drag your feet.
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