Other possibilities for additional entries might include
tread water (fig.) = auf der Stelle treten (fig.)
tread water = Wasser treten
make no headway = nicht von der Stelle kommen (fig.)
not get anywhere = nicht von der Stelle kommen (fig.)
Again, I don't mean to suggest that these ideas are by any means the last word, especially on the German side, just suggestions for beginning the process of getting a new phrase into the dictionary. As always, I hope native speakers will comment and correct where necessary.