Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

fall behind (on)

fall behindfall behind on
Meaning(s)
1) move slower or make less progress than others, fail to remain as current as one should with something
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    • fall behind someone/schedule
  • Analysis

     Fall behind is a phrasal verb with a number of meanings. To fall behind a group or other people means to move more slowly than others so that you end up in a position behind them. To fall behind in something can also mean to fail to make progress on a par with others or to be less successful than others in the same activity or field. To fall behind can also mean to fail to do something on the time that was agreed. You can fall behind on your rent if you don't pay on time, for example, or a fall behind in your schoolwork.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The bank are threatening to repossess my house because I have fallen well behind on the mortgage repayments.
    2. Sarah and I began our jog together, but after 5 miles she started falling behind.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I fell behind with my work because I was out sick for 2 weeks. Hopefully it won't take me long to get back up to speed.
    2. Construction work has fallen behind schedule due to a number of setbacks that have occurred over the past few weeks.
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