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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 ?
I must keep my eye upon the gun; the smoke will apprise me -- the report arrives too late; it lags behind the missile.
IRELAND lags behind Europe on smart technology, new figures revealed yesterday.
A new report shows Britain lags behind other European countries in treatment of the condition.
When Grady lags behind when the rest of her family leaves for warmer climes, the youngster learns the hard way what loneliness is.
While the Academic Performance Index score for Los Angeles Unified students rose nine points, from 649 last year to 658 on the 2005-06 test, it still lags behind the statewide average, which jumped 11 points to 720.
Achievement of minority students lags behind that of Whites and non-minority students.
The North-East still lags behind the country in terms of educational achievement, with 6.
But educational software really lags behind business software in the computing power it requires--Math Blaster and some of the other programs out there can still run on an ancient 486
The UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Office, in a report, The State of the Arab Child, found that the Arab world has a lower under five and infant mortality rate (deaths per 1,000 live births) than the world average but lags behind in maternal mortality and contraceptive prevalence.
It has often been said that Britain lags behind the rest of the world in rail technology.
When coreroom production exceeds the mold line demand on some jobs but lags behind the demand on others, a stockpile of cores for the high demand job can be built up while the cores for the low demand job are produced at a slower rate that coincides with demand.
The ecologic environmental problems that exist in China's small townships are as follows: a) programs in small townships lag behind those required for economic development and environmental protection; b) small townships have not effectively been divided into functional districts; c) basic infrastructure construction lags behind township construction; d) both resource utilization and pollution prevention capabilities are limited; and e) the ability for pollution control and environmental protection is low.
lags behind Japan and Germany in creating public long term care insurance programs, he noted, apparently preferring the "humiliation of spend down.
When the rock lags behind, Earth pulls it into a closer orbit, where it speeds up.
Vacancy for Midtown Class A space shows tightening while the rest of the New York City market lags behind, according to third quarter market statistics issued by CB Commercial Real Estate Group, the nation's leading commercial real estate services firm.