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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
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Before long the sexton came by and saw his master, the parson, running behind three girls.
But they had scarcely touched the sexton when they were held fast, and now there were seven of them running behind Dummling and the goose.
Life had a thousand faces, and White Fang found he must meet them all--thus, when he went to town, in to San Jose, running behind the carriage or loafing about the streets when the carriage stopped.
Running behind the carriage in the outskirts of San Jose, he encountered certain small boys who made a practice of flinging stones at him.
"Where the devil have the leg bands been shoved to?" said an orderly, running behind the cart and fumbling in the back of it.
"Oh, I guess his speech needs winding!" said the little girl, running behind the copper man to get the key off a hook at his back.
But he heard someone running behind him and presently Lawson's voice calling him; he stopped and suddenly the feeling of hostility got the better of him; he presented to Lawson a cold, set face.
Thornton was running behind, encouraging Buck with short, cheery words.
"I'll stay wi' Zavy," shouted Jacob, as he, too, caught sight of his eldest brother; and, running behind the counter, he clutched David hard.
And on she strolled to her own tune, and came abreast of me without turning her head; so I crept in the shadow (my ugly weapon tucked out of sight), and she sauntered in the shine, until we came to the end of the garden, where the path turned at right angles, running behind the rhododendrons; once in their shelter, she halted and beckoned me, and next instant I had her hands in mine.
But as Vitago was making a left turn, Rasay, who was running behind, overtook Vitago's motorcycle at the same time and consequently bumped into the vehicle ahead.
He said since Amos relocated to the USA, he had deployed tactics of running behind the pace setter, which worked wonders for him.
LAHORE -- The Pakistan Railways has rejected the perception that trains were running behind their schedule and termed it against the facts.
The youngsters should avail from its ideas and education at maximum extent to start their own business instead of running behind jobs, he added.
Summary: New Delhi/Mumbai [India], Apr 30 (ANI): Students from across the nation has condemned the statement made by Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, where he suggested the youth to open a paan shop rather than running behind a government job.