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verb (intr, adverb)

to drop back; fail to keep up
to be in arrears, as with a payment

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Idioms and Phrases with fall behind

fall behind

Also, get behind.

1

Lag, fail to keep up, as in You really must keep up with the others; if you fall behind you could get lost. [First half of 1500s]

2

Be financially in arrears, as in He fell behind in his payments. [Mid-1800s]

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