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    Why Black mothers are falling behind in breastfeeding

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    Re: What means 'to fall behind'?

    In this context, fall behind = not keep up; there are presumably some statistics here, and the writer is making a distinction on grounds of ethnicity: X% of one group breastfeed, but only Y% of another group. And the present progressive is used because the gap between X and Y is widening.

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    Re: What means 'to fall behind'?

    Sorry, but it makes me being confused. In my dictionary, 'to not keep up' means: ' not to maintaine', 'not to adhere', or 'not to do in time'. Help me!

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    Re: What means 'to fall behind'?

    Quote Originally Posted by PINKGREAT View Post
    Sorry, but it makes me being confused. In my dictionary, 'to not keep up' means: ' not to maintaine', 'not to adhere', or 'not to do in time'. Help me!
    Keep up : Information from Answers.com gives these 6 meanings for 'keep up'. I've never met the phrase in the sense 'to adhere' except in the sense 'to adhere to a schedule [of payments]': I used to get Time magazine regularly, but I didn't keep the payments up. [In that sense keep up is separable.]

    'to maintain' is there (no. 3), and meaning no. 1 is probably what your dictionary means by 'to do in time' (although I don't think they should define 'in time' like that; 'in time' refers to something done before it becomes overdue/too late).

    1. Also, keep up with. Proceed at the same pace, continue alongside another, as in We try to keep up with the times. [First half of 1600s] This usage, also put as keep pace, appears in the phrase keeping up with the Joneses, which was coined in 1913 by cartoonist Arthur R. Momand for the title of a series in the New York Globe. It means "trying to match the lifestyle of one's more affluent neighbors or acquaintances." For example, Their buying a new van is just another attempt to keep up with the Joneses.
    2. Support, sustain, as in They're trying to keep up their spirits while they wait for news of the crash. [Late 1600s] Also see keep one's chin up.
    3. Maintain in good condition, as in Joan really kept up the property. [Mid-1500s] This usage also appears in the idiom keep up appearances, meaning "to maintain a good front, make things look good even if they're not," as in She was devastated by his bad prognosis but is trying hard to keep up appearances for their children. [Mid-1700s]
    4. Persevere, carry on, prolong, as in Keep up the good work, or How long will this noise keep up? [Early 1500s] Also see keep it up.
    5. Also, keep up with; keep up on. Stay in touch, remain informed. For example, Ann and I haven't seen each other since college, but we keep up through our annual Christmas letters, or We subscribe to three papers so as to keep up on current events. [c. 1900]
    6. keep someone up. Cause someone to remain out of bed, as in He's keeping up the children beyond their bedtime. [Mid-1700s]
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