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I/you/we/theyget behind
he/she/itgets behind
present participlegetting behind
past tensegot behind
past participlegot behind
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] if you get behind with work or payments, you have not done as much work or made as many payments as you should have
    She’d been ill so often that, she was getting behind with her schoolwork.
  2. 2
    [transitive]get behind someone/something to support an idea, project etc, or help someone in what they are trying to do
    She claims the publishers never really got behind her new book.
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