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lag behind

To move or happen at a slower pace than someone or something else. Why are you guys lagging behind? Pick up the pace! We had thought the turnout for these events would pick up, but it's really lagged behind our estimates.
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lag behind (someone or something)

to linger behind someone or something; to fall behind someone or something. Come on up here. Don't lag behind us or you'll get lost. Please don't lag behind the donkeys. Come up here with the rest of the hikers.
See also: behind, lag

lag behind

v.
1. To fail to maintain the pace or progress of someone or something; straggle: I lagged behind the rest of the hikers and got lost. Don't forget to do your readings for class, or you'll lag behind.
2. To proceed or develop with comparative slowness: Sales are lagging behind this year compared to last year.
See also: behind, lag
References in classic literature ?
Vanguards of Chil!) They that lagged behind the scent--they that ran before, They that shunned the level horn--they that overbore.
Being out with a party shortly afterwards, he grew silent and gloomy, and lagged behind the rest as if he wished to leave them.
By noon some of the party were exhausted and lagged behind, an hour later a long line of exhausted stragglers were following Trent and the native guide.
And in the contemplation of this sublime something the soul was exalted to inconceivable heights of which it had before had no conception, while reason lagged behind, unable to keep up with it.
Jane, who was not so light nor so much in the habit of running as Elizabeth, soon lagged behind, while her sister, panting for breath, came up with him, and eagerly cried out:
Ojo had lagged behind, for in spite of the warnings he had received the boy's eyes were fastened on the clover that bordered the road of yellow bricks and he was eager to discover if such a thing as a six-leaved clover really existed.
But I, feeling myself to be one too many, left them to their merriment and lagged behind, as usual on such occasions: I had no relish for walking beside Miss Green or Miss Susan like one deaf and dumb, who could neither speak nor be spoken to.
All the stragglers who had lagged behind arrived, one after another, excepting the poor Canadian voyageur, Carriere.
Only Phaidor lagged behind, and as I started to follow my guard toward the gardens, the girl came running after me.
They were brave men indeed; moreover, they knew that if death lay before them death also awaited him who lagged behind, and it is far better to die with honour than ashamed.
It noted that the number of individuals with accounts in financial institutions has increased across ASEAN countries from 2011 to 2017, but the Philippines has significantly lagged behind ASEAN member-states in terms of access to banking services.
Summary: India lagged behind in technology due to 'secretive' approach of Congress : PM Modi
In other ways, it has lagged behind. Hoping we can all learn from each other in paving the way to greater inclusion.'
Summary: Heritage Foundation, in conjunction with the Wall Street Journal, issued the 2016 Index of Economic Freedom, according to which Bahrain emerged again as the most economically free country in the region while Algeria lagged behind.
The opposition Labor Party's environmental spokesperson, Mark Butler, decried the targets, saying they significantly lagged behind the rest of the world.