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    running behind

    running behind idiom meaning

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    Re: running behind

    running = working or operating
    behind = not at expected position regarding work or normal operations

    "I have to finish marking 200 exam papers by tomorrow and I am running behind (and may not finish by the deadline)."

    BTW Google will solve idiom queries

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    Re: running behind

    As an idiom and depending on your context it means to be late or to run late. For example, Things are running behind, and we will not finish on time.

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    Re: running behind

    Quote Originally Posted by magdy65 View Post
    What is the meaning of the idiom "running behind"? idiom meaning
    Welcome to the forum.

    Please see my corrections to your post above, in red. Always follow these rules of written English:

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    Always write complete sentences and enclose the words/phrases you are querying in quotation marks or write them in bold.
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    Re: running behind

    Late.
    Tardy.
    Off schedule.
    Not yet where I'm supposed to be now.

    It's short for "running behind schedule."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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