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English definition of “fall behind”

fall behind

phrasal verb with fall     /fɔːl/ verb (fell, fallen)
[I] FINANCE to not make a regular payment at the time you should: fall behind with sth We started to fall behind with our mortgage payments when my husband lost his job .
[I or T] to not finish work at the time you planned or promised to finish it: fall behind by three weeks/six months/10 days, etc. Severe weather conditions caused the construction project to fall behind by over three months . If we fall behind schedule we may lose the contract .
[I or T] to not make as much progress as someone else : Companies that failed to modernize fell behind quite dramatically .
(Definition of fall behind from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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