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1. verb 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.
2. noun A period of time between two events or actions. The word often indicates a lull or lack of action. I didn't think you were interested in coming—I mean, there was quite a lag between when I sent the invitation and when you responded.

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 in (something)

To be or become tardy or late in doing something. The bank started putting a lot of pressure on us when we began lagging behind in our mortgage payments. I know that she is an excellent reader and writer for her age, so I don't understand how Sally can be lagging behind in language arts.
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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

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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References in periodicals archive ?
TABLE 1: Phytosociological estimators of 30 species of greatest of importance values (VI) in an Araucaria Forest fragment in Coxilha Rica, Lages, Santa Catarina state, southern Brazil, sorted in descending order of VI.Em que: DA = densidade absoluta, em numero de individuos; DR = densidade relativa (%); DoA = dominancia absoluta ([m.sup.2]/ha); DoR = dominancia relativa (%); FA = frequencia absoluta (%); FR = frequencia relativa (%); VI = valor de importancia (%).
In Lages, the genotype with the greatest height of first pod insertion was BAF 7 (32.7 cm) and the lowest was BAF 192 (11.5 cm), with an average of 20.1 cm.
Among the commercial genotypes, BAF 121 was prominent, presenting elevated plant height, height of the first pod insertion, stem diameter, and number of nodes values in Lages and increased stem diameter and number of nodes in Joacaba (Table 2).
BAFs 23, 36, 44, 46, 47, 68, 97, 120 and 192 presented a shorter cycle period between emergence and physiological maturity in Joacaba in comparison to Lages. The reduction in the number of days varied from 15 days (BAF 46 and BAF 47) to 22 days (BAF 44 and BAF 68).
In Lages, the variation in the total cycle was 90 to 73 days, with BAFs 75, 81, 84 and 102 all having a cycle of 73 days.
The number of days to flowering in Joacaba varied from 42 (BAF 7) to 29 days (BAF 97) and varied from 48 (BAF 7) to 31 days (BAF 192) in Lages, with BAFs 46, 97 and 192 presenting the earliest flowering at both locations.
The results show that the greatest differences between the genotypes' total cycle and location, principally in the flowering-physiological maturity period, must be due to pluviometric precipitation during this period, which was greater in Lages than in Joacaba (Figure 2a and b).
In Lages, the temperatures were similar to those registered in Joacaba, with the emergence-physiological maturity period average temperature being 20.2[degrees]C and 19.3 and 20.1[degrees]C during the emergence-flowering and flowering-physiological maturity periods, respectively.
In Joacaba, the total pluvial precipitation during the bean cycle was 296 mm, whereas it was 387 mm in Lages; thus, there was no hydric deficiency for the crops in either location.
The lower yield of the Lages genotypes could be due to the lower luminosity associated with an excess of rainfall during the period between flowering and physiological maturity.
Joacaba/SC presents better climatic conditions and, thus, a higher potential yield for beans in comparison to Lages, Santa Catarina State.