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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LAGGED

The spring lagged on, accordingly, under these circumstances.

Jim lagged forlornly behind, and it was very anxiously we watched him.

But for the moment, in his bodily weakness, his will lagged behind his brain.

Silvey followed close at his heels and DuPree lagged in the rear.

And if I hadn't been with you to-night you'd have been lagged.

Her step was suddenly less elastic and she lagged on his arm.

He lagged behind the others, and with difficulty kept up with them.

Surely in this time one has progressed beyond the other in this field, but lagged in that.

Then she lagged again—she was getting tired, and she could see no sign of the coach.

Two of them appeared to be tired out, and lagged at the camp-fire duties.

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.