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fall behind

(in something) and fall behind (on something); fall behind (with something); get behind (in something); get behind (on something); get behind (with something) to lag behind schedule in some kind of work or some other scheduled activity. You are falling behind in your car payments. I tried not to get behind on them. Please don't fall behind with your payments. I won't fall behind again.
See also: behind, fall

fall behind

(someone or something) to lag behind someone or something. You have fallen behind everyone else in class. Our production fell behind that of the other production line.
See also: behind, fall

fall behind

(with something) Go to fall behind (in something).
See also: behind, fall

fall behind

Also, get behind.
1. Lag, fail to keep up, as in You really must keep up with the others; if you fall behind you could get lost. [First half of 1500s]
2. Be financially in arrears, as in He fell behind in his payments. [Mid-1800s]
See also: behind, fall

fall behind

v.
1. To fail to keep up a pace; lag behind: Despite a strong performance in the beginning, he fell behind in the second half of the race and finished last.
2. To fail to maintain a desired level of performance: She missed two classes and fell behind in her reading assignments.
3. To be financially in arrears: After losing my job, I fell behind on the mortgage payments.
See also: behind, fall
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To fall behind the competition, to fall behind your suppliers is to fail.
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We are told that children will fall behind if they are not taught in their native language.
If they do, they fall behind in the rest of their schooling.
Advocates say such an approach gives limited-English speakers strong literacy skills in their primary language without letting them fall behind in math, reading and other core subjects.
Sometimes the other team gets a break or capitalizes on something, but I'm not too happy when we fall behind quick,'' McGillivray said.
But Taft can't fall behind and expect a big comeback.