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To not make progress

falter

verb

to stop being effective or making progress

fall behind

to make less progress or be less successful than other people who are doing a similar job or activity

not be getting/going anywhere

to not be making any progress, or to not be likely to achieve anything

be no further forward

to have made no progress

tread water

to not make progress, especially because you have to wait for something else to happen first

stall

verb

if a process stalls, or if someone stalls it, it stops making progress

be/get bogged down

to be or become so involved with one particular thing that you cannot make any progress

be getting/going nowhere fast

to be making very little progress

lose out

to not get a benefit that someone else is getting

lag

verb

to not be as successful or advanced as another person, organization, or group

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