One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Remain in a classroom or school at the end of teaching, especially to receive punishment.‘please stay behind after class – I would like to talk to you regarding your lateness’
- ‘Danz cried because her new teacher said if they were naughty they'd have to stay behind for up to an hour.’
- ‘He had to stay behind because he hadn't completed his homework.’
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