Polls show it lagging behind the center-left Democratic party and the protest Five Star Movement.
The question is whether the banker, after lagging in the polls for months, can pull off a surprise win in the home stretch.
Construction work on stadiums, roads, and public transportation is lagging.
"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.
lagging lag·ging (lāg'ĭng)
Retarded or diminished movement of the affected side of the chest in pulmonary tuberculosis.
A convict: lags who escape from the county pokey (1930s+ Underworld)
To arrest or imprison a criminal (1940s+ Underworld)