fall behind

Idioms & Phrases

fall behind

Also, get behind.

  1. Lag, fail to keep up, as in You really must keep up with the others; if you fall behind you could get lost. [First half of 1500s]

  2. Be financially in arrears, as in He fell behind in his payments. [Mid-1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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