run behind

run behind

1. To follow along behind someone or something while running. He ran behind the pack for most of the race before surging to the lead just before the finish line. She ran behind the taxi, waving frantically for it to stop.
2. To run to and seek cover behind someone or something. The child ran behind his mother when the police officer came up to say hello. The soldier ran behind the wall to avoid enemy fire.
3. To seek the protection of someone or something, especially in a cowardly or entitled way. She just goes and runs behind his rich daddy whenever she gets into trouble. He always goes and runs behind the First Amendment whenever he gets called out for saying something truly bigoted and evil.
4. To be behind schedule; to be a bit late. Typically used in the continuous tense. Are you ready to leave yet? We're already running behind! Their newest project has apparently started running behind, with the estimated release date moving to Spring of next year.
See also: behind, run

run behind someone or something

to travel along behind someone or something, running. I will run behind you in the race. Mary ran behind the bicycle until she could not run anymore.
See also: behind, run

run behind

to be late; to run late. We are running behind. You had better hurry. Things are running behind, and we will not finish on time.
See also: behind, run
References in classic literature ?
At the same time he seized the youngest by the hand in order to pull her away, but as soon as he touched her he likewise stuck fast, and was himself obliged to run behind.
At half-past five, there was a rush of four people to the gallery- door; at a quarter before six, there were at least a dozen; at six o'clock the kicks were terrific; and when the elder Master Crummles opened the door, he was obliged to run behind it for his life.
Here the driver broke into a trot, and the old man started to run behind the hearse--sobbing loudly, but with the motion of his running ever and anon causing the sobs to quaver and become broken off.
winner had already run behind Royal Ascoutbound Zebstar, while the third, Tawakkol, was having his fourth outing.
The bar Black Diamond was being run behind a motorcycle showroom Biketech at a dockyard.
These trains continue to run behind schedule by over six to eight hours due to the power grid failure.
Her run behind Clinical at Dundalk back in November reads very well in this context and she's been running credibly all season.
JOLIE JIOCONDE BUILT on her debut run behind Together at Leopardstown when making Aidan O'Brien colt High Ruler work hard for glory in a seven-furlong maiden in Roscommon.
Her latest run behind Again shows she has the ability.
Campbell Hall put together the game's first run behind the play of Ford, who hit a 3-pointer and found Jrue Holiday on a pair of alley-oop passes to key a 12-4 spurt and give the Vikings a 19-12 lead with 2:43 left in the first quarter.
He is prepared to run behind the covering defender, as well as intercept a square pass or crossed ball.
Montoya, who has joined McLaren from Williams, was pleased with his first run behind the wheel of the MP4-20 despite chilly weather in Spain.
PROMOTION hopefuls Torquay put a five-match winless run behind them to complete an impressive double over Northampton.
Cooling and heating are largely catered for by storey-height air ducts that run behind the long hall and under the home base wings from a heat pump that uses the mass of the granite of the hill as a thermal flywheel.
But -unlike other competitors -he will have to run behind bars.