There were those who lagged behind out of incomprehension, political calculation, or timidity.
The American art world has lagged far behind its British counterparts.
Microsoft already had its own spreadsheet, Multiplan, but lagged in sales behind 1-2-3.
CBS has lagged in the morning ratings race since roughly the beginning of morning television.
His brother, an Islamic scholar, lagged him by two years and both ended up in Afghanistan.
The Turcomans retired hastily, but I lagged behind, seeing in this eventuality a means of escape.
Arrangements for the organization of the freshman class had lagged.
There was no time for private instructions, and Gwendolin lagged far in the rear.
He took the tail of the column, and woe to the porters who lagged behind!
When Chaitanya lagged behind, Jagannth stopped his car; when the Master walked ahead the god propelled his car slowly.
"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)