One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Behind the leader or leading group in a race or contest.
- ‘The long-time leader fell off the pace after jumping the last level with Florida Pearl and Alexander Banquet.’
- ‘But at the moment, if you are three seconds off the pace we cannot win races.’
- ‘In Monte Carlo, during the race, some cars were four seconds, five seconds off the pace.’
- ‘It's these inconsistencies that have left them way off the pace in the championship race.’
- ‘Merrits who was heading for a third win in a row, pressured the leader but dropped off the pace on the turn.’
- ‘But in the second half they fell off the pace and the South Africans finished with a flourish.’
- ‘That was a creditable nine seconds off the pace of early leader Markko Martin.’
- ‘They are still in the Champions League but once again find themselves more than 20 points off the pace in the premiership.’
- ‘Lenny Beasley aboard Mr Celebrity was content to race off the pace in fifth, one off the rail.’
- ‘It's all about conditioning and again, they were clearly off the pace, yards behind us.’
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