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behind the times

Meaning: If someone is behind the times, they are old-fashioned and their ideas are out of date.

For example:

  • How can we be a successful company if our executives are so behind the times that they don't know what people want these days?

  • Neil is really behind the times. He doesn't even know what rap music sounds like!

Quick Quiz:

My uncle Ron is always so far behind the times that he
  1. never arrives anywhere on time
  2. never knows what the date is
  3. never knows what young people are interested in

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