fall behind

fall behind
phrasal verb
Word forms "fall behind":
present tense I/you/we/they fall behind he/she/it falls behind present participle falling behind past tense fell behind past participle fallen behind
1) fall behind someone
[intransitive/transitive] to move more slowly than other people so that you are behind them

After five miles Tara was tired and started to fall behind.

2) fall behind someone
[intransitive/transitive] to make less progress or be less successful than other people who are doing a similar job or activity

My daughter is falling behind with her school work.

3) [intransitive] to fail to do something or pay something at the time that you should

We started to fall behind with the rent.


English dictionary. 2014.

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