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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.
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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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Barrow Drive's task was made easier when odds-on favourite Moscow Express sprawled badly on landing at the seventh fence, coming to a virtual standstill and dropping behind before being pulled up turning into the straight.
It recounts the achievement of this elite rifle company, which parachuted into Normandy early on D-Day morning on June 6, 1944, dropping behind enemy lines to secure strategic points for the beach landings to succeed.
The Kings seemed to clean up their mess after tying the game in the final minutes of the first period after dropping behind 2-0.
Footage on state television showed the plane turning in the air, then dropping behind trees.
The slithering Swans have collected just one point from their last 12 in the League and are dropping behind the leading Third Division pack, but manager John Hollins remains defiant.
The 36-year- old contemplated quitting the Saints in the summer after dropping behind Antti Niemi in Gordon Strachan's pecking order, but the Finn is only just back from injury and Jones has grabbed his chance again.