fall behind

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fall behind retreat
    • v fall behind hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fall behind to slacken, to be outstripped
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Quotations

  • Maori Proverb
    Maori Proverb
    “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. feallan; Ger. fallen; prob. conn. with L. fallĕre, to deceive.

Usage

In literature:

But he strode on, at a pace which made her run lest she should fall behind.
"Ambrotox and Limping Dick" by Oliver Fleming
One of the large mills in Fall River was running behind hand.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
Crawford must soon fall back behind the Coa.
"Under Wellington's Command" by G. A. Henty
At the same time he took a step forward into the room and let the curtains fall behind him.
"The Lion's Brood" by Duffield Osborne
Barcelona which was the most productive variety during the first few years has been falling behind in yields the past two seasons.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
If we have to undertake this journey, Weymouth and Donovan will be the first to sicken and fall behind.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
Here it was held up by our own barrage which was falling in some cases behind our front line.
"The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918" by F.L. Morrison
Once let it fall behind and it is lost; it is overwhelmed by the sturdier giants; it pales and pines and seems to lose its ambition.
"Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders in the Great North Woods" by Jessie Graham Flower
At least if I fall behind you in those other qualities of youth I shall not fall behind you in devotion.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
The good old pill-pusher threw his saws behind the sofa, put his dip-net on the mantelpiece, and took a fall out of my pulse.
"You Should Worry Says John Henry" by George V. Hobart
While Harry was in the act of drawing back one of the couches, an object behind it seemed to fall apart with a jingling sound.
"The Wonder Island Boys: The Mysteries of the Caverns" by Roger Thompson Finlay
Just how or why I don't stop to figure out, but I falls in behind and trails along.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
The wolves attack him from behind and he falls again on his back.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Eleanor declared that it would be splendid not to be behind their classes when they returned to school that fall.
"Madge Morton's Secret" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
The three obediently set out after him, the other two guards falling behind.
"Triplanetary" by Edward Elmer Smith
Both of the Terrans feared to fall behind, to lose touch with that guide.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
It was only the armoury behind him that prevented Mr. Boltay from falling flat.
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
Gradually, Arcot lifted the ship, and, as they headed out into space, they could see the dim frozen plains fall behind.
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
Frightened, she slid the key into the lock, and almost falling into the room slammed the door behind her.
"The Lion's Mouse" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
What would become of Mildred Thornton, left behind with strangers in a besieged fortress that might fall at any hour?
"The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army" by Margaret Vandercook
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In poetry:

And words of little weight let fall
The fancy of the lower mind;
How waxing life must needs leave all
Its best behind;
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
The man who rides, but never walks,
Should surely never pout,
If in a race he falls behind,
Where horses are rul'd out.
"The Reading Man" by Thomas Frederick Young
A narrow space 'twixt shore and shore,
For sun or stars to fall,
While evermore, behind, before,
Closed in the forest wall.
"Norembega" by John Greenleaf Whittier
No shadow falls, but there, behind it, stands
The Light
Behind the wrongs and sorrows of life's troublous ways
Stands RIGHT.
"Shadows" by John Oxenham
Black snow was falling. The tree line
shone when I turned to see -
I had wondered long and silent,
alone, trailing memory behind me.
"Burned Forest" by Nichita Stanescu
Meantime the Breeze, with favoring wind,
Left the rugged Moisic hills behind,
And heard from an unseen shore
The falls of Manitou roar.
"The Bay Of Seven Islands" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

The state says that, in general, minority students, students from poor families and students from immigrant families fall behind their peers on state assessments.
Chippewa Falls took game 1 3-0 and then came from behind to take game 2, 4-3.
Suh denied on Wednesday that the kick was intentional, telling reporters he was just falling awkwardly when he flung his leg up behind him and caught Schaub in the sensitive area.
And the overall idea that the US is falling behind militarily is nonsensical.
Jamey Johnson will launch his fall tour behind his new album, Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, on November 8 in Knoxville , TN.
The nation's report card is out, and Arizona students are falling behind in vocabulary.
TORONTO — After poor 3-point shooting helped the Nets fall into a five-game losing streak, a hot second half behind the arc pulled them out of it.
This week I would like to take you behind the scenes at the Fergus Falls Public Library.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The coalition behind a fall ballot push seeking to change the way Ohio draws political boundaries wants its complaint against a Republican opposition mailer dismissed.
The coalition behind a fall ballot push seeking to change the way Ohio draws legislative and congressional districts wants its complaint against a Republican opposition mailer dismissed.
Behind the Scenes with Kate Moss for Mango Fall/Winter 2012.
In their 116-107 loss to the Knicks, the Lakers fall behind, 41-27, in the first quarter.
Mike D'Antoni's Lakers are very quick — to fall behind.
Students falling behind in math and reading and packing on the pounds over summer vacation have helped make three out of four young Californians unfit for military service , according to a report released Thursday.
At Fremont County School District 14 (Wyoming Indian), superintendent Michelle Hoffman expressed confidence that local officials would succeed in creating a program through which students facing misdemeanors wouldn't fall behind in school.
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In science:

The last position falls upon a fainter Hα filament located about 15′′ behind the bright one.
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
The results are depicted in Fig. 14: While the traditional patterns show a good performance and have a high detection probability p(Q) for values of Q >∼ 0.1 (BeppoSAX’s pattern) and Q >∼ 0.2 (random mask), the GRFs fall behind signi ficantly in perform ance.
Coded mask imaging of extended sources with Gaussian random fields
For short distances the light front created at the beginning of a flash is to a good approximation unaffected by scattering in the ice as photons undergoing scattering fall behind the front.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
Each pixel that falls over the edge of the survey, in a CCD gap, or behind a bright star is filled with a number of stars randomly generated from a Poisson distribution of mean the model density at this pixel’s central position, computed from the best model from the previous iteration.
PAndAS' cubs: discovery of two new dwarf galaxies in the surroundings of the Andromeda and Triangulum galaxies
The two simulations use slightly different initial conditions, and consequently the results differ slightly as well; for example, the calculated density behind the shock generally falls below the analytic value in the first simulation but above the analytic value in the second.
SNSPH: A Parallel 3-D Smoothed Particle Radiation Hydrodynamics Code
During the fall of the ball, due to air flow, the tennis ball will drag behind and consequently face a head-on collision with the basketball ball which already had bounced.
Test problems in mechanics and special relativity
These absorption features appear in spectra recorded towards stars that lie behind diffuse interstellar clouds and fall largely in the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum.
The Diffuse Interstellar Bands: A Major Problem in Astronomical Spectroscopy
Similar arguments lead us to conclude that, even for a macroscopic black hole, allowing one half of an EPRpair to fall behind the horizon will cause the other half to evolve away from quantum equilibrium — over a timescale small compared to the evaporation timescale .
Astrophysical and Cosmological Tests of Quantum Theory
For the electromagnetic calorimeter the signal behind the photomultiplier tube has a triangular shape with 15 ns rise time and about 70 ns fall time.
The COMPASS Experiment at CERN
This molecule will lose more kinetic energy at the next stage than the synchronous one since it traveled further up the potential hill, and will eventually fall behind the synchronous molecule.
Cold SO_2 molecules by Stark deceleration
They only fall behind the performance of setup C by a rather insignifica nt degree in the faintest regime, where the redshift estimates are close to unusable to start out with.
Object Classification in Astronomical Multi-Color Surveys
The outgoing member of a pair of particles created by the quantum fluctuation is in a mixed state with the member that falls into the hole, so that the outgoing radiation is highly “entangled” with whatever is left behind at the hole.
The Quantum Physics of Black Holes: Results from String Theory
If the gas behind the bow shock expands adiabatically, and the source is expanding into a steeply falling atmosphere, then a narrow dense layer will form as the radio source lifts gas out of the cluster potential.
On the interaction of FR-II radio sources with the intracluster medium
At intermediate to high z , the gas shoots up before the arm, flows over, and falls behind it, as it approaches the next arm.
3D MHD Modeling of the Gaseous Structure of the Galaxy: Description of the Simulations
In the two-arm case, when the gas falls behind the arm, it bounces back up generating a high z interarm structure that mimics another arm.
3D MHD Modeling of the Gaseous Structure of the Galaxy: Description of the Simulations
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