Behind



at or toward the rear of:
Look behind the house.
not keeping up with, later than; after:
behind schedule.
in the state of making less progress than:
We can’t afford to fall behind our competitors.
on the farther side of; beyond:
behind the mountain.
originating, supporting, or promoting:
Who’s behind this program?
hidden or unrevealed by:
Malice lay behind her smile.
at the controls of:
behind the wheel of a car.
at or toward the rear; rearward:
to lag behind.
in a place, state, or stage already passed.
in arrears; behindhand:
to be behind in one’s rent.
slow, as a watch or clock:
more than 20 minutes behind.
as a cause or often latent feature of:
Behind their harassment lay the traditional fear of foreigners.
in a situation that exists afterward:
The victim left behind a large family.
Archaic. in reserve; to come:
Greater support is yet behind.
following:
the man behind.
Informal. the buttocks.
Contemporary Examples

South Dakota Is 2013 Top State for Business CNBC July 8, 2013
Billy Sammeth, the Manager Fired by Cher and Joan Rivers, Tells His Side of the Story Kevin Sessums February 13, 2012
Army Base on the Brink Winston Ross September 8, 2011
Why Comedians Have Short Careers Kim Masters May 21, 2010
Death of JFK Spawned an Industry That Thrived for Decades Richard Woodward November 23, 2013

Historical Examples

Symposium Plato
A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
Jack O’ Judgment Edgar Wallace
A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
The Martian George Du Maurier

preposition
in or to a position further back than; at the rear of; at the back of
in the past in relation to: I’ve got the exams behind me now
late according to; not keeping up with: running behind schedule
concerning the circumstances surrounding: the reasons behind his departure
backing or supporting: I’m right behind you in your application
adverb
in or to a position further back; following
remaining after someone’s departure: he left it behind
in debt; in arrears: to fall behind with payments
adjective
(postpositive) in a position further back; retarded: the man behind prodded me
noun
(informal) the buttocks
(Australian rules football) a score of one point made by kicking the ball over the behind line between a goalpost and one of the smaller outer posts (behind posts)
adv.

behind bars
behind closed doors
behind in
behind someone’s back
behind the eight ball
behind the scenes
behind the times
behind time

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