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behind the times

1. Behaving in an outdated or unpopular way. Of course grandpa doesn't have a cell phone—he's behind the times, as usual.
2. Lacking the latest information on a particular subject. Wait, Joe and Mara broke up? Wow, I'm behind the times!
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behind the times

old-fashioned. Sarah is a bit behind the times. Her clothes are quite old-fashioned. Our 90—year-old state senator is a bit behind the times.
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behind the times

Not keeping up with current fashion, methods, or ideas, as in Your accounting methods are behind the times. Charles Dickens used this idiom in Dombey and Son (1848): "I'm old-fashioned, and behind the Time." [Mid-1800s]
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behind the times

Out-of-date; old-fashioned.
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But football has moved on since then and we're eight years behind the times.
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In Davis, the Raiders see an owner whose way of fixing a team that falls behind the times is to bring back Shell, 12 years after his last head-coaching job, and let Shell bring back offensive coordinator Tom Walsh, six years after his last football job (in the meantime Walsh did become mayor of Swan Valley, Idaho).
Liverpool is so behind the times with everything, because of the city council, past and present.
Still being behind the times is, sort-of, on message.
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The whole holiday experience is moving on and we don't want to be behind the times.
One wonders whether the 1993 Biennial has so often been extolled of late precisely because in its day--given that "political correctness" had by then already become a cultural cliche--it was just behind the times.
A serious gap will reveal where you may be behind the times, lacking critical knowledge or even--heaven forbid--incompetent.
Although the Church is behind the times with its double standards and contradictions, there must be a time and place for everything.
UK Horizons is a couple of years behind the times, so only now offers viewers the chance to catch up with episodes first screened on BBC1 a couple of years ago.
They're already behind the times, as this small California site attests.