The world's premier FREE educational website for learners + teachers of English

behind the times

This page is about the idiom behind the times


If someone is behind the times, they are old-fashioned and their ideas are out of date.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

a. never arrives anywhere on time

b. never knows what the date is

c. never knows what young people are interested in

Idiom of the Day

Contributor: Matt Errey