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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.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
She hurriedly ascended the narrow dimly lit stone staircase, calling to Pierre, who was lagging behind, to follow.
But the old boy was so far from responding, that he would not even walk to Hammersmith on the same side of the way; so, Herbert and I, who remained in town, saw them going down the street on opposite sides; Startop leading, and Drummle lagging behind in the shadow of the houses, much as he was wont to follow in his boat.
In that hour let no man hold back, waiting for a second summons; such summons shall bode ill for him who is found lagging behind at our ships; let us rather sally as one man and loose the fury of war upon the Trojans.
CAREY Mulligan has said Hollywood is lagging behind when it comes to creating roles for leading women.
Global Banking News-September 18, 2017--UPI lagging behind India's other digital payments methods
WELSH business confidence has risen for the first time in more than a year but is still lagging behind the UK average, according to new research from the ICAEW Wales The latest ICAEW UK Confidence Monitor (BCM) index for Wales is now in positive territory, but at plus 2.
Age UK said: "It is deeply concerning the UK is lagging behind in terms of average life expectancy for women.
She said reports that President Aquino is bothered by surveys showing Roxas lagging behind other presidentiables is speculative.
However, Scotland are still lagging behind the likes of Iran, Honduras, Jamaica and Burkina Faso.
NEW YORK: Apple, which is lagging behind the Standard & Poor's 500 Index in 2011, is at risk of falling 13 per cent now that the stock closed below $325, a level where investors had stepped in to buy this year, according to Jim Stellakis of Technical Alpha.
Mizo is convinced that Macedonia, by the number of foreign direct investments is not lagging behind the other countries in the region.
9 billion this year, but Europe is lagging behind, notes a report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Summary: A new survey has revealed the UK's broadband network is lagging behind countries in terms of quality.
National B2B Centre director Martin King-Turner said the UK had led the way in adopting e-commerce, but was lagging behind countries such as Estonia and Bulgaria when it came to making the most of e-business to improve suppliers communications, customer service and productivity.
In general, IHEs are also lagging behind on reducing the impact of travel to campus.