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drop behind

1. To get behind someone or something in motion due to having moved more slowly. Hurry up, kids—I don't want anyone dropping behind!
2. To experience obstacles in one's learning or progression so that one lacks the expected level of knowledge or proficiency in a particular area, or has not reached the level acquired by others. If you don't do your homework now, it won't be long before you drop behind in this class.
See also: behind, drop

drop behind

 (someone or something )
1. . Lit. to reduce speed and end up after someone or a group, at the back of a moving line. I dropped behind the rest of the people, because I can't walk that fast. I dropped behind the speeding pack of cars and drove a little slower.
2. Fig. to fail to keep up with the schedule being followed by someone or a group. My production output dropped behind what it should have been. I stayed later at work to keep from dropping behind.
See also: behind, drop

drop behind

 (someone or something)
1. . Lit. to reduce speed and end up after someone or a group, at the back of a moving line. I dropped behind the rest of the people, because I can't walk that fast. I dropped behind the speeding pack of cars and drove a little slower.
2. Fig. to fail to keep up with the schedule being followed by someone or a group. My production output dropped behind what it should have been. I stayed later at work to keep from dropping behind.
See also: behind, drop

drop behind

Fall short of the normal pace or progress. For example, The teacher said Greg was dropping behind the class and needed extra help.
See also: behind, drop

drop behind

v.
1. To fail to keep up a pace; fall behind: The slow runner dropped behind the others. I had the lead, but I got tired and dropped behind.
2. To fail to maintain a desired level of performance: She dropped behind the rest of the class during her illness. He had been the best musician in the band, but after he missed so many rehearsals, he dropped behind.
See also: behind, drop
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Apply one drop behind each ear, a drop on each pulse point on your wrist, and a drop behind each knee.
The court heard that after the accident an inspection by the Health and Safety Executive found the nursery premises, a converted part of Brown's parents' house, were unsafe due to the large 20ft by 10ft pond and a wall with a drop behind it.
Hodgson has already hinted that Wayne Rooney could play in midfield and the Manchester United striker could drop behind in a midfield diamond.
Mr Taylor was also angry that Kirklees Council failed to tape off the hole in the wall for almost a week, due to the steep drop behind it.
After finishing fifth in Monaco when a slow pit stop - compared to Ferrari and Red Bull - saw him drop behind Fernando Alonso and reigning champion Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton has no intention of letting his head drop.
He added: "We certainly couldn't afford to drop behind any further.
After years of below-inflation rises which have allowed their workers to drop behind their English counterparts, COSLA should be able to put a meaningful offer on the table which will avoid closure of schools, libraries, social work offices and essential services like rubbish collection and burials.
The debate still rages over just how far Baracouda should be allowed to drop behind before he attempts to reel in the front-runners, but there is no doubt this top-drawer performer is liberally sprinkled with stardust and he should not be opposed tomorrow.
They watched a long ball drop behind them, allowing Ian Harty to reach it just before Accies keeper Ian MacFarlane and, when his shot rebounded off the goalie, the striker was left to stroke the ball into the empty net.