drop behind

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v drop behind to lag or linger behind "But in so many other areas we still are dragging"
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Usage

In literature:

His jaw dropped, his face turned livid with rage and fear, and he tried to thrust one hand behind him.
"In Friendship's Guise" by Wm. Murray Graydon
Then he took the pistol, uncocked it cautiously, and dropped it behind him.
"The Broken Soldier and the Maid of France" by Henry Van Dyke
Mrs. Hobbs's generous form had dropped behind the hill.
"Dorothy Dale's Camping Days" by Margaret Penrose
His right swing landed just behind the emissary's ear and the man dropped, pulling Eva down with him.
"The Master Mystery" by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
She dropped the sponge the first thing, and it fell down behind the platform out of her sight.
"Our Boys" by Various
But before they reached the altar-steps Fletcher Hill came to meet them, and Adela dropped behind.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
Six weeks later a heavily-laden petala, with a dinghy trailing behind, was dropping down the river above Hugli.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
While passing over the line one of the men, accidentally or out of fright, had dropped and left his gun behind.
"In the Shadow of Death" by P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
He cooked his supper, ate, watched the sun drop behind the encircling rim of firs.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Once, when we stopped, he dropped a bullet right behind us.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
He dropped behind a clump of bushes.
"Ungava Bob" by Dillon Wallace
The sun was dropping out of sight behind the opposite hill, and she was conscious of a growing chill in the atmosphere.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
The sun was dropping behind Herm into a dark bank of clouds which lay all along the western sky.
"Carette of Sark" by John Oxenham
As the sun dropped behind the mountain Marie appeared on the roof, her black eyes very bright.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
About two miles out I found that the others had dropped behind out of sight.
"Adventures of a Despatch Rider" by W. H. L. Watson
With a quick movement Hugh dropped the curtain behind him and came forward with outstretched hands.
"Miss Dexie" by Stanford Eveleth
It dropped to the ground behind her.
"The Tapestry Room" by Mrs. Molesworth
Dictionaries drop behind the times surprisingly rapidly.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
Over each button, b, there is a circular aperture, behind which drops the disk containing the phrase.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 315, January 14, 1882" by Various
He was soon sitting there, and then dropped into the road behind.
"Orange and Green" by G. A. Henty
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In poetry:

My horse moved on; hoof after hoof
He raised, and never stopped:
When down behind the cottage roof,
At once, the bright moon dropped.
"Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known" by William Wordsworth
"To me than ever, she would let me lie
And kiss her feet, or, if I sat behind,
Would drop her hand and arm most tenderly,
And touch my mouth. And she would let me wind
"King Arthur's Tomb" by William Morris
Thrilling as down the windy Dark she slopes,
Ecstatic, as her sails grow great with wind —
She feels the seamen walking with her ropes,
The harbour dropping like a star behind.
"The Wreck" by Harry Kemp
"Ah! the white stars, O Dionysos! now
Have dropped their glittering blossoms slowly down
Behind the snowy mountains in the West.
Aegeus sleeps, hushed by my murmuring harp,
And I have sung thy triumph; let me die!"
"Dionysos" by Madison Julius Cawein
But he hadn't ridden far, when he stopped as in dismay,
And searched for his bags of gold, but they were away,
And pondering in his mind as spell-bound he stood,
Had he dropped them, or left them behind in the wood.
"The Faithful Dog Fido" by William Topaz McGonagall
From the eastern side of the valley wide
To its snow-capped western rim
It will hold its way, till the dawning day
Shall have made its disk grow dim;
Then, leaving the blue, will drop from view
Behind the mountain's brim.
"The Passing Moon" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

The rain could linger into Sunday, depending on the path of an upper low dropping in behind the front.
In an upcoming episode of Lifetime's scripted series Drop Dead Diva, Kardashian's character -- relationship expert Nikki LePree -- spends time behind bars.
After the community's first major snowfall in November, the drop box behind the post office became a casualty.
On fourth and 1 after Wilson's drop , Austin Pettis made a great catch for a 9-yard gain on a ball thrown behind him.
Branko Boskovic equalized in the 83rd minute — too little, too late for a United squad that had dropped last weekend's opener in Houston, 3-1, and could ill afford to fall behind at home.
A recent study suggests they are behind the sharp drop in the population of raccoons and other mammals.
(B) Extend your right leg behind you while dropping your torso forward, keeping your back straight, then return to standing.
Trojans drop another heartbreaker behind collapse of defense.
WARRANT, ECHO HILL DRIVE: A complaint about a "suspicious" man hiding behind a shed escalated to the point where one officer had to order the suspect to drop his knife and get on the ground.
Detroit was an overwhelming choice to win its division coming out of spring training and a popular choice not to even make the postseason after dropping three behind the Chicago White Sox with 16 games to play.
Whoever dropped off the mother cat and her five babies at the pit behind 900 West and around 200 South three months ago, it is cruelty to animals and against the law.
We are behind our latest cold front so the humidity will be dropping today.
Watt's sacks , dropping him behind Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews for the league lead.
Loss to Indians drops Tigers behind Sox.
MALIBU, CA — South Dakota women's basketball dropped Seton Hall 71-55 behind Nicole Seekamp's 20 points and Heidi Hoff's16 points to record the program's first win over a Big East program.
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In science:

While neutrinos drain energy from the shock-heated matter immediately after bounce, the situation changes somewhat later when the density and temperature behind the shock have dropped.
Explosion Mechanisms of Massive Stars
The point contacts 1 and 2 face each other, so that the voltage difference V1 −V2 (measured using ohmic contacts attached to the 2DEG regions behind the point contacts) does not contain a contribution from the voltage drop along the channel.
Thermo-Electric Properties of Quantum Point Contacts
The initial rise to maximum is caused by the initial passage of the shock (Γshock ), while the subsequent drop is caused by the formation of the supersonic vortex ring behind the cloud, Γring .
The turbulent destruction of clouds - I. A k-epsilon treatment of turbulence in 2D models of adiabatic shock-cloud interactions
Figure 15: Charbonneau et al. (2005) and Deming et al. (2005) detected light from secondary eclipses of, respectively, the TrES-1 (top) and HD209458 (bottom) systems. The drop in relative intensity in each plot coincides with the disappearance of the planet behind the star.
First Fruits of the Spitzer Space Telescope: Galactic and Solar System Studies
This kink in the expansion curve can be explained by a combination of the partial lifting of the absorption of the emission from the back side of the shell behind the ionized ejecta and a pronounced radial drop of the magnetic field biasing the measurement of the ring size.
Radio Supernovae
This is the main reason behind the sharp drop of the differential rate compared to the differential rate from quark-antiquark annihilation.
Dileptons from a Quark Gluon Plasma with Finite Baryon Density
Why should the temperature suddenly drop about 500 K when the cool companion is, in the line of sight, behind the hot subdwarf ? The developing of the temperature curve reminds someone extremely to the developing of the light curves measured for HW Vir e.g. by Wood, Zhang, & Robinson (1993, Fig. 2).
HW Vir's Companion: a M-type Dwarf, or maybe a giant rotating spherical Mirror?
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