We have a word as тормоз (pronounced: tormoz mean brake in English) in Russian which is usually attributed to a very slowly working person whose slowness causes some malfunction in team-working and group activities and might bring about an influence on their teammates performance.

The term can be utilized either humorously or sarcastically.

I am wondering if there is any English equivalent for that.


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There are several words or phrases that may suit your translation depending on the exact context. These include "dead weight", "millstone", "dead wood", "waste of space / air / oxygen", "not pulling their weight". There are undoubtedly others contributors can think of.

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    +1 for "dead weight".
    – stangdon
    Commented Mar 30, 2022 at 12:25

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