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Put on your hat, friend, and follow us, for you lag behind and are late.

Why should you lag behind the age in this fierce struggle for supremacy?

Let us agree that relatively the country will lag behind the town.

Ichabod pulled up and fell into a walk, thinking to lag behind.

No party to fork off, lag behind, or go before, without permission.

To her burning ambition it would have been unbearable to lag behind.

I often suffered my mule to lag behind, and indulged in the misery of reflection.

If he could be cool and calm, pride forbade that she should lag behind.

I am not sure whether some sluggards did not, because of it, lag behind.

The mother's heart beat rapidly, and she began to lag behind.

WORD ORIGIN

"fail to keep pace," 1520s, earlier as a noun meaning "last person" (1510s), later also as an adjective (1550s; e.g. lag-mon "last man"), all of uncertain relationship, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian lagga "go slowly"), or some dialectal version of last, lack, or delay. Related: Lag; lagging. The noun meaning "retardation" is from 1855. First record of lag time is from 1951.

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