behindhand


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be·hind·hand

 (bĭ-hīnd′hănd′)
adj.
Being late or slow, especially in paying a debt: behindhand with car payments.

be·hind′hand′ adv.

behindhand

(bɪˈhaɪndˌhænd)
adj, adv (postpositive)
1. remiss in fulfilling an obligation
2. in debt; in arrears
3. delayed in development; backward
4. late; behind time

be•hind•hand

(bɪˈhaɪndˌhænd)

adv., adj.
1. late; tardy.
2. behind in progress; backward.
3. in debt or arrears.
[1520–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.behindhand - behind schedule; "was behindhand with the rent"
unpunctual - not punctual; after the appointed time
Adv.1.behindhand - in debtbehindhand - in debt; "he fell behind with his mortgage payments"; "a month behind in the rent"; "a company that has been run behindhand for years"; "in arrears with their utility bills"

behindhand

adjective behind schedule, late, slow, delayed, running late, tardy, dilatory, remiss, behind time He got terribly behindhand with his appointments.

behindhand

adjective
Not being on time:
adverb
1. Not on time:
2. So as to fall behind schedule:
Idiom: behind time.
Translations

behindhand

[bɪˈhaɪndhænd] ADVatrasado, con retraso

behindhand

adv adj
(= late) to be behindhandVerspätung haben
(= in arrears) to be behindhand with somethingmit etw im Rückstand or Verzug sein

behindhand

[bɪˈhaɪndˌhænd] advindietro
References in classic literature ?
Sonya was finishing dressing and so was the countess, but Natasha, who had bustled about helping them all, was behindhand. She was still sitting before a looking-glass with a dressing jacket thrown over her slender shoulders.
Beth was soon able to lie on the study sofa all day, amusing herself with the well-beloved cats at first, and in time with doll's sewing, which had fallen sadly behindhand. Her once active limbs were so stiff and feeble that Jo took her for a daily airing about the house in her strong arms.
Can you think your friend behindhand in these sort of considerations?
It was now the season for planting and sowing; many gardens and allotments of the villagers had already received their spring tillage; but the garden and the allotment of the Durbeyfields were behindhand. She found, to her dismay, that this was owing to their having eaten all the seed potatoes, that last lapse of the improvident.
"I am now only waiting for your further orders to put in the bulb, you know that I must be behindhand with you, as I have in my favour all the chances of good air, of the sun, and abundance of moisture."
His comprehension was always a train or two behindhand. If a national toe required amputating, he could not see that it needed anything more than poulticing; when others saw that the mortification had reached the knee, he first perceived that the toe needed cutting off--so he cut it off; and he severed the leg at the knee when others saw that the disease had reached the thigh.
Grant spoiled everything by laughing; that Edmund was behindhand with his part, and that it was misery to have anything to do with Mr.
We have our pope of fools at Ghent also; we're not behindhand in that, cross of God!
If Oliver were behindhand in these respects, he knew where the best were to be found; and morning after morning they scoured the country together, and brought home the fairest that blossomed.
The other old man was not behindhand with some moral reflections on this fruitful theme, and both adduced a mass of evidence, of such weight as to render it doubtful--not whether the deceased was of the age suggested, but whether she had not almost reached the patriarchal term of a hundred.
"Come, my dear Albert," said Debray, "confess that your cook is behindhand, that the oysters have not arrived from Ostend or Marennes, and that, like Madame de Maintenon, you are going to replace the dish by a story.
There was a moment's pause, when the Typees, with wild shrieks, flung themselves into the covert, spear in hand; nor was Toby behindhand. Coming so near getting his skull broken by the stones, and animated by an old grudge he bore the Happars, he was among the first to dash at them.