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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyfall behind
he/she/itfalls behind
present participlefalling behind
past tensefell behind
past participlefallen behind
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  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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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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