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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

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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In the context of education, the author explains that educational indicators are much worse in lagging regions particularly in India and Pakistan.
In the final chapter of the book, the need for revolutionising agriculture has been given special treatment in view of the larger concentration of rural poor in the lagging regions.
The lagging error appears to be smaller in the 4th quarter when the prices are re-appraised (Fu, 2002).
The lagging problem looks to be more serious in commercial real estate, due to fewer transactions.
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Based on the NFIB Small-Business Conditions(SM) report and Visa SpendTrak report, the national economy continues to show strength with the Midwest lagging.
This fact should be of particular concern to lagging credit card companies, as web sites play a major role in determining which credit card a consumer will choose.
These frustrations are keeping consumers from using online services at lagging web sites.
Profitability fell by more than two-thirds in the first quarter from last year, due to lagging demand in its measurement business, particularly in Japan, and due to weakness in the broadcast market.
Additionally, the company continues to experience difficulties with its video business due to lagging capital spending by broadcasters that are in the midst of transitioning to digital technology.
These higher-margin loans should improve the thrift's lagging net interest margin, which has been hurt since 1993 by limited lending other than single-family adjustable-rate mortgages.
While the return to multifamily and commercial real estate lending will increase the thrift's credit risk profile, controlled growth of these assets does not raise major concerns and will improve the thrift's lagging net interest margin.
The composite index of lagging indicators was not computed for December because three components were missing (ratio of manufacturing and trade inventories to sales, change in unit labor costs, and ratio of consumer installment credit to income) The index decreased 0.