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Tara2
Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2020 5:28:22 PM

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Is 'lagging behind' opposite of 'leading'?
tautophile
Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2020 5:48:37 PM
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Yes, that's the usual meaning of "lagging [behind]", in the context of a race. One would normally say that a racer is "lagging behind" the leader if he is farther and farther--now 3 meters, then 4 meters, then 5 meters--behind the leader as the race goes on. One wouldn't say that someone who is, and stays, say, 3 meters behind the leader is "lagging behind", though.
thatenglishbloke
Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2020 8:08:18 PM
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Lagging behind implies "not keeping up" ... with whatever or whoever is "setting the pace".
It is synonymous with "falling behind". It can also be used figuratively, e.g. "Nurses' incomes were lagging behind price increases."

Note: placement of the possessive apostrophe after, rather than before, the letter "s" refers to nurses as a group, not as individuals.
Tara2
Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2020 4:50:59 AM

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Many thanks both!!!
Sorry, is 'lagging behind' opposite of 'leading' or can that be just 'lag'?
thar
Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:37:03 AM

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It could possibly be either but normally it would be phrasal - lagging behind.


To lag is a transitive verb meaning to insulate pipes.


It is only the opposite of one meaning of to lead - to be in front.
In fact the opposite of leading is being at the back. But lagging behind is more than that - it is going slower and gradually being left behind. So it is the opposite of racing ahead.

When 'to lead' means to give orders, the opposite is to accept orders, to follow..



Tara2
Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:54:18 AM

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thar wrote:
It could possibly be either but normally it would be phrasal - lagging behind.


To lag is a transitive verb meaning to insulate pipes.


It is only the opposite of one meaning of to lead - to be in front.
In fact the opposite of leading is being at the back. But lagging behind is more than that - it is going slower and gradually being left behind. So it is the opposite of racing ahead.

When 'to lead' means to give orders, the opposite is to accept orders, to follow..




Excellent. Many thanks dear thar!!!
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