Sometimes government officials take an awful lot of time to process a certain file. Or students working on research problems may sit on a problem for long without making any meaningful progress. Could someone suggest a word for the same, say a replacement for 'sit on'? I have a few examples here:
1) Prof to student: Don't __ on this problem for long, you may end up at a cul-de-sac.
2) You have been _ and delaying my file for too long, please process it with urgency.