behind the curve

Definition of behind the curve

chiefly US, disapproving

  1. :  slower about doing something than other people, companies, etc. We are behind the curve when it comes to advances in medicine.

Word by Word Definitions

behindplay
  1. :  in the place or situation that is being or has been departed from

    :  in, to, or toward the back

    :  later in time

  1. :  in or to a place or situation in back of or to the rear of

    : used as a function word to indicate something that screens an observer

    :  following in order

  1. :  buttocks

curveplay
  1. :  bent or formed into a curve

  1. :  to have or take a turn, change, or deviation from a straight line or plane surface without sharp breaks or angularity

    :  to cause to curve

    :  to throw a curveball to (a batter)

  1. :  a line especially when curved: such as

    :  the path of a moving point

    :  a line defined by an equation so that the coordinates of its points are functions of a single independent variable or parameter


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