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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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After a promising start, the 26-year-old has dropped behind his chief rivals.
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Adidas-Saloman, the world's second biggest sports goods maker, needs to boost its image in the US where sales have dropped behind rivals Nike and Reebok.
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He made a valiant attempt to keep out Ewing's header from another McBride cross, but only managed to knock the ball against the underside of the bar and it dropped behind the line.
Sport England, which distributes Lottery money to boost sport at grassroots level, says tennis has failed to capitalise on Andy Murray's success at Wimbledon while football has dropped behind swimming, athletics and cycling in terms of numbers of people taking part.
Salifou, 26, believes it could have been much worse had the players' coach not dropped behind the bus carrying the kit.
Hollman has dropped behind long-time friend and rival Sotherton over the past three years and has a personal best of 6,135.
The Swede was thrilled to match Woods's tally of nine majors when she won the McDonald's LPGA Championship last month - but she then dropped behind when he captured the Open Championship at St Andrews.
But they went behind after 59 minutes when Collett could only push a shot by Paul Connor from the edge of the box into the air and the ball dropped behind him into the net.
But if war breaks out, the Commandos are likely to be dropped behind enemy lines.
He leads Mika Hakkinen by 24 points after three wins on the trot for Ferrari but McLaren ace Coulthard said: "Ferrari have had a couple of seasons where they have dropped behind but have then been there at the end so why can't we do that?
Gough led by 15 seconds in his Mitsubishi going into the third and final 15-mile Hafren stage but Ceen, who had dropped behind after an earlier spin, emerged the victor overall by three seconds.
MARINES were yesterday dropped behind Taliban lines to try to break resistance in besieged insurgent stronghold Marjah.