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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

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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One lag does a hotel-style review, saying: "All right lads, I've been sent to this cell to enquire about phone, steds (steroids), other drugs HMP Buckley Hall, belting, what a jail."
H1: Abnormal stock market returns will both lead and lag profit changes.
In most cases, studies that used DLM with lag structures [less than or equal to] 60 days have not found mortality displacement within this time period, which suggests that the effects of air pollution on mortality are not simply because of deaths being advanced by a few days or weeks.
Acharya and Johnson (2007) argue that CDS markets can lead equities when there is bad news about a specific company, while our results suggest that CDS markets lag equities in pricing good news about the general economy.
In the second spectral analysis, the correlation between spectral lag and photon index or luminosity pulse to pulse was investigated [16] [19].
Batini and Nelson (2002) update and extend Friedman's (1972) evidence on the presence of lags between monetary policy actions and the response of inflation.
Also, lag exclusion tests are applied to the VAR structure; optimal lag structures for VAR are chosen via Akaike Information Criterion and lag exclusion test results.
We revisit Friedman's (1971) work under optimal punishment instead of trigger strategies to characterize the effect of detection lags in collusive agreements in an n-firm oligopoly.
The AB effect refers to the finding that T2 is identified less well when the temporal interval (i.e., lag) between T1 and T2 is short (i.e., between approximately 100 and 400 ms) than when it is long (i.e., 400 ms or more; Raymond, Shapiro, & Arne11, 1992).
In the light of the experience gained and in close cooperation with its European and international partners, the Commission will then bring forward proposals for subsequent phases to achieve the final objective of screening all LAGs at the earliest possible date.
We reasoned that if temporal and spatial switches of attention on T2 are sufficiently strong at the shortest lags, then the AB effect should still be observed even when no distractor follows T2.
These results from Table IV indicate that the lag and lead coefficients are significant up to one or two days, signifying that futures market lead spot market (i.e., spot lags behind futures) for the selected companies in the Gas, Oil & Refineries sector.
On 16 November, the EU Court of Auditors published a report that assesses whether the Leader approach' for executing the EU's rural development policy through local action groups or LAGs has been implemented in beneficial ways.aThe court's audit found that LAGs implemented the Leader approach in ways that limited the potential for added value in terms of the Leader features' (such as bottom-up approach, local public-private partnerships, area-based local development strategies), although the court found some examples of good practice.
In this article, we use simple time averaging, a step-weighting function, and exponential Almon polynomial MIDAS to forecast the following variables using the noted data as the predictor: (i) quarterly GDP growth, using its own lags and monthly employment growth rates, (ii) monthly inflation, using its own lags and daily interest rates, (iii) monthly industrial production (IP) growth, using its own lags and daily interest rates, and (iv) monthly employment growth, using its own lags and daily interest rates.
Structural screws (also called "construction" screws) are stronger than lags and make longer-lasting connections.