behind the times

idiom

: not having or showing knowledge of current ideas or styles : outdated, old-fashioned
The entire country is behind the times when it comes to protecting the environment.
Our professor is surprisingly behind the times.

Examples of behind the times in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last week's death of O.J. Simpson, whose murder trial beamed live from a California courtroom captivated a nation three decades ago, was a telling reminder of how New York is behind the times — or, at least, a holdout. David Bauder, Quartz, 16 Apr. 2024 Leaders who voiced such views, such as Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, were dismissed as eccentrics, their ideas behind the times. Comfort Ero, Foreign Affairs, 1 Apr. 2024 Directed by Gus van Sant, languorous, malicious meals unspool at La Côte Basque, the midtown society lunch spot, gloves are sought at Saks (they are shamed for being behind the times and told to–gasp–try Lord & Taylor). Vogue, 21 Mar. 2024 Others suggest the safety organization has fallen behind the times and doesn’t realize that women are now in the driver’s seat and purchase more vehicles than men. Kim Elsesser, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 This old guard not only includes large corporations that remain behind the times technologically but also hundreds of thousands of moribund small and medium enterprises. Richard Katz, Foreign Affairs, 31 Jan. 2024 But that speculation may be behind the times: In recent months, Haley has become more critical of Trump. Leah Askarinam, ABC News, 20 Sep. 2023 Was Colorado football team being held back? Before hiring Sanders in December, Colorado seemed to be drastically behind the times in recruiting transfer players from other colleges. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2023 The interior design is a bit behind the times as well, having not changed in many years with only slight modifications to things like the air vents. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022

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“Behind the times.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/behind%20the%20times. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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