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behindhand

[bih-hahynd-hand] /bɪˈhaɪndˌhænd/
adverb, adjective
1.
late; tardy.
2.
behind in progress; backward:
They were never behindhand in following artistic fads.
3.
in debt or arrears.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; behind + hand
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  • They were behindhand and not up to their opportunities.
British Dictionary definitions for behindhand

behindhand

/bɪˈhaɪndˌhænd/
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
1.
remiss in fulfilling an obligation
2.
in debt; in arrears
3.
delayed in development; backward
4.
late; behind time
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Word Origin and History for behindhand
adv., adj.

1520s, from behind + -hand, probably on model of beforehand.

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