Definition of drop back/behind in English:

drop back/behind

phrasal verb

  • Fall back or get left behind.

    ‘the colt was struggling to stay with the pace and started to drop back’
    • ‘He began to drag behind the main group, dropping back to where Lethalvos was immersed in thought.’
    • ‘At the end of the first lap the 2004 champion was in 20th place, 15.9 seconds behind the leader and dropping back as traffic slowed him.’
    • ‘Button is dropping back from Alonso's Renault and is now 5.7 seconds behind the Spaniard.’
    • ‘With Brindley dropping back, less than two seconds covered Webster, Steinhausen and Reeves, but the North Yorkshire ace upped the pace.’
    • ‘I didn't get a very good start and I was stuck behind Ralf in turn one, so I dropped back to eighth.’
    • ‘He led early in the race before dropping back to 15th.’
    • ‘The driver kept up with us for some way along the road before seeing sense and dropping behind so that I was able to stop our mad dash.’
    • ‘A few others were behind us, but they were dropping behind farther with every step.’
    • ‘Earlier this season Metcalfe, who despite his recurring misfortune in the matter of untimely injuries has hung on to his pace pretty well, appeared to be dropping back in the queue at full-back.’
    • ‘Throughout our riverside run the club leaders made sure that beginners were never running alone, even when it meant slowing down to keep anyone from dropping back too far.’
    fall back, fall behind, get left behind, lag behind, straggle, linger, dawdle, dally, hang back, loiter, bring up the rear, take up the rear
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