I am looking for an idiom or expression to describe feeling slack to do things (not due to physical tiredness necessarily, but it can also be because of a lack of enthusiasm and motivation). I think of using the expression 'dragging the feet'. Does it fit? Do you have other suggestions?

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"Dragging one's feet" could fit your context. It tends to mean that someone is doing something, but they are being slow about it, or deliberately obstructive.

Other similar idioms include:

  • stringing it out (taking longer than needed over something)
  • using delaying tactics (deliberately causing a delay)
  • playing for time (wasting time)
  • giving you the run around (being evasive)

You could say someone is apathetic or indifferent. You could also say they are procrastinating or delaying.


There's a joke form. If you are enthusiastic you have "get up and go". So the joke is

My get-up-and-go got up and went...

But more normally you would idiomatically talk about "lacking motivation"

Since the lockdown I've been finding it hard to keep up my fitness routine. I just haven't been able to find motivation, now that all the races have been cancelled or postponed.

That is more "idiomatic" than using some kind of fixed "idiom".

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