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lag

1. verb 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.
2. noun A period of time between two events or actions. The word often indicates a lull or lack of action. I didn't think you were interested in coming—I mean, there was quite a lag between when I sent the invitation and when you responded.

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.
See also: behind, lag

lag behind in (something)

To be or become tardy or late in doing something. The bank started putting a lot of pressure on us when we began lagging behind in our mortgage payments. I know that she is an excellent reader and writer for her age, so I don't understand how Sally can be lagging behind in language arts.
See also: behind, lag

lag behind in something

to fall behind in something. I am lagging behind in my car payments. She is lagging behind in her homework assignments.
See also: behind, lag

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
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Of 25 Barking laggers diagnosed first with pleural plaques, four later died of lung cancer, three have died of mesothelioma and one - Brian Fairbrass - was so terrified that he commited suicide.
Bono said: "I think he [Mr Ahern] should not go to Europe without a firm commitment that Ireland is going to get back in the lead and not be a lagger."
He had recently started a new job as a lagger for a Gateshead company.
Among index stocks, LT Group (-6.06 percent) was the biggest lagger due to the Court of Appeals' ruling against liquor unit Tanduay Distillers' use of the trademark "Ginebra Kapitan" following a trademark infringement case filed by Ginebra San Miguel.
The grandad-of-15 became ill after being exposed to asbestos fibres throughout his working life as a lagger.
He said: "I think Bertie should go with a firm commitment that Ireland is going to get back in the lead and not be a lagger."
His son, of Seaburn Gardens, Wrekenton, had started working as a lagger for an insulation firm.
Meanwhile, the day's biggest PSEi lagger was LTG (-2.52 percent) while PLDT, Petron, Bloomberry and URC all declined by over 1 percent.
AN inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a retired lagger. Joseph Pickstock, 69, was found dead in his flat at Dawson House, Billingham, on Boxing Day, Teesside Coroners' Court heard yesterday.
This meant that I was often close to laggers who would be applying asbestos to pipework.
Those who have worked as laggers, electricians, welders, dockworkers, builders, fitters and heating engineers, or in any factory where asbestos was widely used, are fairly likely to have come into contact with asbestos dust.
The tough-talking president warned that he would personally deal with laggers who resist police orders to go home.
Despite the hefty running time of two hours and 40 minutes, there's a ton of stuff to put on the table, and laggers beware.
Eric was exposed to asbestos dust and fibres as a result of the work done by laggers on the ships.
On the other hand, laggers for the index belonged mostly to the fertilizer, textile and energy sectors with Fauji Fertilizer Company and Engro Fertilizers Limited (PSX: EFERT) dragging the index down the most in 2016.