One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Elizabeth had not walked over to the villa with the other guests, but lagged behind’
fall behind, straggle, fall back, trail, trail behind, linger, dally, dawdle, hang back, delay, move slowly, loiter, drag one's feet, take one's time, not keep pace, idle, dither, saunter, bring up the rear
informal dilly-dally, shilly-shally
archaic, literary tarry
lead, keep up, hurry
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