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fall behind

1. To not be as current with some thing or task as one should or ideally would be. I fell behind with my schoolwork when I had the flu. I've fallen behind with that show—can you tell me what happened in the latest episode?
2. To be lacking comparison to others' progress. If you've fallen behind the other people in your math class, you need to get a tutor—exams are coming up.
3. To move or otherwise act more slowly than someone else. I fell behind her early in the race and could just never catch up.
4. To not be able to satisfy one's current financial obligations. All of those medical bills have caused me to fall behind on the rent.
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fall behind

(in something) and fall behind (on something); fall behind (with something); get behind (in something); get behind (on something); get behind (with something) to lag behind schedule in some kind of work or some other scheduled activity. You are falling behind in your car payments. I tried not to get behind on them. Please don't fall behind with your payments. I won't fall behind again.
See also: behind, fall

fall behind

(someone or something) to lag behind someone or something. You have fallen behind everyone else in class. Our production fell behind that of the other production line.
See also: behind, fall

fall behind

(with something) Go to fall behind (in something).
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fall behind

Also, get behind.
1. Lag, fail to keep up, as in You really must keep up with the others; if you fall behind you could get lost. [First half of 1500s]
2. Be financially in arrears, as in He fell behind in his payments. [Mid-1800s]
See also: behind, fall

fall behind

v.
1. To fail to keep up a pace; lag behind: Despite a strong performance in the beginning, he fell behind in the second half of the race and finished last.
2. To fail to maintain a desired level of performance: She missed two classes and fell behind in her reading assignments.
3. To be financially in arrears: After losing my job, I fell behind on the mortgage payments.
See also: behind, fall
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In many states, the lender can repossess your car without as much as a telephone call or written notice if you fall behind on one monthly payment.
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As tough as the loss was, Jalalon shared that the first two games gave the Hotshots a huge lesson knowing that if they need to stun the Beermen anew, they couldn't let themselves fall behind big.
"The next government must get a deal with Europe that protects current rights, like paid holidays, equal pay and fairness for agency workers, and it must guarantee a level playing field with the rest of Europe now and in the future, so working people in Britain don't fall behind our European neighbours," added Ms O'Grady.
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Too many children fall behind and never catch up, and some secondary schools have become little more than exam factories, the Confederation of British Industry said.
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London, Aug 28 ( ANI ): Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong has said they must stop conceding goals to fall behind during matches, as they did in their first two games against Southampton and Liverpool.
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If the government, instead of having a narrow focus on a limited number of targets for cancer, had looked more systematically at why cancer outcomes in Britain fall behind those of other European countries, they would have identified the need for earlier awareness of symptoms and earlier access to diagnosis years ago.
NO child should be able to fall behind, says the Schools Minister as new Primary School Achievement and Attainment Tables are published.
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The Department for Education and Skills says the project will allow teachers and parents to keep a closer eye on progress and will make sure struggling children will get help sooner so they don't fall behind.