lag behind

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lag behind (someone or something)

to linger behind someone or something; to fall behind someone or something. Come on up here. Don't lag behind us or you'll get lost. Please don't lag behind the donkeys. Come up here with the rest of the hikers.
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lag behind (somebody/something)

to not be at the level that someone or something else has already achieved The pay for government workers lags behind the pay for workers in private industry. He lagged far behind his classmates in reading and math skills.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of lag behind (to not walk as quickly as your companions)
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lag behind

1. To fail to maintain the pace or progress of someone or something; straggle: I lagged behind the rest of the hikers and got lost. Don't forget to do your readings for class, or you'll lag behind.
2. To proceed or develop with comparative slowness: Sales are lagging behind this year compared to last year.
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Maybe it's a simple matter of proximity to the disease, but North American life insurance companies lag behind their international counterparts in their preparation for a possible avian influenza pandemic.
According to recent figures from the Pew Hispanic Center, African Americans lag behind all other groups in metrics of wealth.
The LAUSD still has a bad image, its bureaucracy is as bloated as ever, and while test scores have shown improvement, they still lag behind other districts.
It seems that the Border Patrol grabs the Mexican group, loads them up and leaves while the Arabs lag behind and get away.
British industry will continue to lag behind other countries over productivity partly because of "substandard" management skills, claims a survey of managers.
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However, Fawcett notes that non-unionized Workers with disabilities of both genders "still lag behind their counterparts without disabilities, with women being particularly disadvantaged.
Northern Ontario has continued to lag behind in high-speed infrastructure compared to the rest of the province, Farkouh said, and this diminishes economic opportunities.
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Therefore, if cash disbursements precede or lag behind cash collections, a determination of your current profit or loss position cannot be made.
But compared to many similar-sized cities in Germany and Scandinavia, we still lag behind.
From a young age, Kennedy was sickly yet determined not to lag behind his older brother, who was the apple of their father's eye and being groomed to one day become president of the United States.
The AFT, which uses data collected by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, maintains that teachers, at an average yearly salary of $44,367, lag behind accountants at $54,981, engineers at $96,238 and computer program analysts at $74,534.
A recent survey on women's retirement confidence reports that 64% of women are not confident about having enough money to cover medical expenses and continue to lag behind men in some preparations for retirement.
However, children from most of the developed Western nations don't lag behind their high-performing Asian counterparts by much, according to the latest installment of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).