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present tense
I/you/we/theyfall behind
he/she/itfalls behind
present participlefalling behind
past tensefell behind
past participlefallen behind
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive]fall behind someone to move more slowly than other people so that you are behind them

    After five miles Tara was tired and started to fall behind.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive]fall behind someone to make less progress or be less successful than other people who are doing a similar job or activity

    My daughter is falling behind with her school work.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to fail to do something or pay something at the time that you should

    We started to fall behind with the rent.

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