- late; tardy.
- behind in progress; backward: They were never behindhand in following artistic fads.
- in debt or arrears.
Origin of behindhand
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Examples from the Web for behindhand
The "Guerriere" was not behindhand in her preparations for action.The Naval History of the United States
Willis J. Abbot.
An important contract had got behindhand and they were working overtime.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
Of course, in this respect, we have not been behindhand either.The Coming Conquest of England
Seeing this, the captain of the Elizabeth, not to be behindhand, did the same.Across the Spanish Main
We have our pope of fools at Ghent also; we're not behindhand in that, cross of God!Notre-Dame de Paris
- remiss in fulfilling an obligation
- in debt; in arrears
- delayed in development; backward
- late; behind time
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Word Origin and History for behindhand
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