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lag behind

To move or happen at a slower pace than someone or something else. Why are you guys lagging behind? Pick up the pace! We had thought the turnout for these events would pick up, but it's really lagged behind our estimates.
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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.
See also: behind, lag

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.
See also: behind, lag
References in classic literature ?
They that lagged behind the scent--they that ran before, They that shunned the level horn--they that overbore.
Being out with a party shortly afterwards, he grew silent and gloomy, and lagged behind the rest as if he wished to leave them.
By noon some of the party were exhausted and lagged behind, an hour later a long line of exhausted stragglers were following Trent and the native guide.
And in the contemplation of this sublime something the soul was exalted to inconceivable heights of which it had before had no conception, while reason lagged behind, unable to keep up with it.
Jane, who was not so light nor so much in the habit of running as Elizabeth, soon lagged behind, while her sister, panting for breath, came up with him, and eagerly cried out:
Ojo had lagged behind, for in spite of the warnings he had received the boy's eyes were fastened on the clover that bordered the road of yellow bricks and he was eager to discover if such a thing as a six-leaved clover really existed.
But I, feeling myself to be one too many, left them to their merriment and lagged behind, as usual on such occasions: I had no relish for walking beside Miss Green or Miss Susan like one deaf and dumb, who could neither speak nor be spoken to.
All the stragglers who had lagged behind arrived, one after another, excepting the poor Canadian voyageur, Carriere.
Only Phaidor lagged behind, and as I started to follow my guard toward the gardens, the girl came running after me.
They were brave men indeed; moreover, they knew that if death lay before them death also awaited him who lagged behind, and it is far better to die with honour than ashamed.
The opposition Labor Party's environmental spokesperson, Mark Butler, decried the targets, saying they significantly lagged behind the rest of the world.
Mr Glynn took the helm in April 2000 when he was tasked with a five-year recovery programme that included overhauling Ladbrokes' online and gaming machine operations, which have lagged behind its rivals.
His remarks were made as a the newlypublished report showed the quality of treatment for lung cancer sufferers varied from hospital to hospital and lagged behind that of other western European countries.
Los Angeles Unified's fourth- and eighth-graders improved their math and reading skills over the past two years, but still lagged behind other urban school districts, according to a study released Thursday.
It also compared charter and public school student achievement, which revealed charter school students generally lagged behind their public school counterparts.