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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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Enabling children to join their first school with basic reading skills reduces the risk of them dropping behind Our panel has also part-funded cooking classes for parents and children at the Tuebrook Hope Centre run by staff from Tuebrook and West Derby Children''s Centre While we may not be in a position to influence the national picture we are looking at ways to give our local children a positive start in life Our Community First Panel would welcome suggestions/bids for local projects as we have PS9,000 to allocate for this financial year and PS24,000 for next.
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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.
But this time they fought tigerishly after twice dropping behind to goals from Marcus Hill and Colin Moore.
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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.