behindhand

[bih-hahynd-hand]
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Origin of behindhand

First recorded in 1520–30; behind + hand
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behindhand

adjective, adverb (postpositive)
  1. remiss in fulfilling an obligation
  2. in debt; in arrears
  3. delayed in development; backward
  4. late; behind time
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Word Origin and History for behindhand
adv., adj.

1520s, from behind + -hand, probably on model of beforehand.

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