Idiom:  lag behind

Meaning 

Idiom:  lag behind (someone/something)

  • to be behind the level or progress of someone/something else


Example sentences

  • During the entire race, Stacy lagged behind the leaders but she drew even at the last 500 meters and passed everyone at the finish line to win the race.
  • Test scores for the poorest children continue to lag far behind those of the middle class.
  • Several employees' response times are lagging behind the others so we need to do some retraining. 
  • Don't worry, your son will be fine.  My son's speech also lagged behind the average initially because he grew up in a bilingual home.
  • Let's have one teacher walk at the back of the group make sure no one lags behind and gets separated.
  • We need to do some research into why production in this facility lags behind the others.
  • My strategy was to lag behind the other cyclists and surge at the last minute of the end race but I couldn't sprint as fast as the others.

Synonyms

  • trail behind


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