behind the times


Not keeping up with current fashion, methods, or ideas, as in Your accounting methods are behind the times. Charles Dickens used this idiom in Dombey and Son (1848): “I'm old-fashioned, and behind the Time.” [Mid-1800s]

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Example sentences from the Web for behind the times

  • These pursuits she straightway set out to introduce into drowsy, behind-the-times Cherryvale.

    Missy|Dana Gatlin