fall behind

fall behind
verb
1. retreat (Freq. 2)
Syn: ↑fall back, ↑lose, ↑drop off, ↑recede
Ant: ↑gain (for: ↑fall back)
Derivationally related forms: ↑recession (for: ↑recede), ↑receding (for: ↑recede)
Hypernyms: ↑regress, ↑retrograde, ↑retrogress
Verb Frames:
-

Somebody ——s

2. hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
Syn: ↑lag, ↑dawdle, ↑fall back
Derivationally related forms: ↑dawdler (for: ↑dawdle), ↑lag (for: ↑lag), ↑lagger (for: ↑lag), ↑laggard (for: ↑lag)
Hypernyms: ↑follow
Hyponyms: ↑drag, ↑trail, ↑get behind, ↑hang back, ↑drop behind, ↑drop back
Verb Frames:
-

Something ——s

-

Somebody ——s

* * *

fail to keep up with one's competitors
fail to meet a commitment to make a regular payment

borrowers falling behind with their mortgage payments

* * *

fall behind [phrasal verb]
1 : to fail to move or go forward as quickly as others

We had to stop several times so that the slower hikers wouldn't fall (too far) behind.

2 : to fail to do something as quickly as planned or required
— often + with

We've been falling further behind with our work.

— often + on

I am falling behind on my homework.

We fell behind on our car payments.

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Main Entry:fall

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