You go to one in an emergency, but eventually you fall behind so you go to another and then another and then another.
Nor do most recent graduates perceive themselves as being “in debt” until they start to fall behind in their payments.
I picked the fragment up, in bewilderment, for I had expected it to fall behind us.
Some of us fall behind the fashions, but no one ever gets ahead of them.
But even with this new source of income they began to fall behind.
They soon tired, and had to slow their pace and fall behind.
Archie, struggle as he might, had begun shortly to fall behind with the payments, and had borrowed more money on it to meet them.
But the husband took her arm, and I was obliged to fall behind.
If I fall behind in the latter, the security will still be good.
Feeling this, he slipped it off as he gained the street, and suffered it to fall behind him.
Old English feallan (class VII strong verb; past tense feoll, past participle feallen) "to fall; fail, decay, die," from Proto-Germanic *fallanan (cf. Old Frisian falla, Old Saxon fallan, Dutch vallen, Old Norse falla, Old High German fallan, German fallen), from PIE root *pol- "to fall" (cf. Armenian p'ul "downfall," Lithuanian puola "to fall," Old Prussian aupallai "finds," literally "falls upon").
Most of the figurative senses had developed in Middle English. Meaning "to be reduced" (as temperature) is from 1650s. To fall in love is attested from 1520s; to fall asleep is late 14c. Fall through "come to naught" is from 1781. To fall for something is from 1903.
c.1200, "a falling;" see fall (n.). Old English noun form, fealle, meant "snare, trap." Sense of "autumn" (now only in U.S.) is 1660s, short for fall of the leaf (1540s). That of "cascade, waterfall" is from 1570s. Wrestling sense is from 1550s. Of a city under siege, etc., 1580s. Fall guy is from 1906.
: This your first fall, ain't it?/ Another fall meant a life sentence (1893+)