There is usually a lag between policy announcement and implementation.
The lag in jobs has been matched by a lack of new investments.
Why does the U.S. lag behind our peers when it comes to educating our students?
The lag between signing bills and seeing results is, politically, a treacherous gap.
There was some lag time in the middle because of Hurricane Iniki.
There are delightful nooks and corners about this celebrated building in which lovers can lag behind.
Put on your hat, friend, and follow us, for you lag behind and are late.
I had been tired for a long time and now I began to limp and lag.
Holes are provided in the Press for mounting by lag screws or bolts.
Neither anticipate your years, nor lag child-like behind them.
"fail to keep pace," 1520s, earlier as a noun meaning "last person" (1510s), later also as an adjective (1550s; e.g. lag-mon "last man"), all of uncertain relationship, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian lagga "go slowly"), or some dialectal version of last, lack, or delay. Related: Lag; lagging. The noun meaning "retardation" is from 1855. First record of lag time is from 1951.
A convict: lags who escape from the county pokey (1930s+ Underworld)
To arrest or imprison a criminal (1940s+ Underworld)