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lag behind in something

to fall behind in something. I am lagging behind in my car payments. She is lagging behind in her homework assignments.
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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

v.
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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We found that his result is sensitive to the measure of real economic activity, and the number of lagged differenced residuals.
In both cases, lagged values of the dependent and independent variables are used on the right-hand side of the equations (RHS).
A simple version of a lagged ensemble might include three forecasts -- say, the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday versions of the 10-day simulations run each day at the NMC.
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However, WMI was able to increase prices, principally on the collection side, as the company has lagged other industry participants' pricing initiatives.
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Plant genetics has lagged behind other fields in the recent rapid progress in understanding mechanisms of inheritance and in applying that knowledge to genetic engineering.
Financial operations have been very strong for several years, reflecting the state's wealth and conservative revenue estimations more than the growth of the economy which, although steady, has lagged the nation.