Behind hand



late; tardy.
behind in progress; backward:
They were never behindhand in following artistic fads.
in debt or arrears.
Historical Examples

Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson
The story of Burnt Njal Anonymous
Funny Big Socks Sarah L. Barrow
Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China Evariste Regis Huc
A Lecture On Heads Geo. Alex. Stevens
A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
Garrick’s Pupil Auguston Filon

adjective, adverb (postpositive)
remiss in fulfilling an obligation
in debt; in arrears
delayed in development; backward
late; behind time
adv., adj.

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