If someone (or something) is behind deadline, does it mean that she/he has already missed a deadline or does it mean that she/he is about to miss a deadline ?

  • What is the context for this? I don't believe have heard "behind deadline," though I have heard "behind on my work" or "missing deadlines" or "past the deadline." Lacking an article, I would say a non-native is speaking. – M. K. Hunter Nov 4 '14 at 13:44

It means they've already missed the deadline. If they haven't missed the deadline, but their current progress indicates that they will, then they are behind schedule.

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  • +1 After all, that's why it's called a deadline, isn't it? Once you cross that, it's pretty much over. Great analogy with behind schedule. – Yavor Voynov Nov 4 '14 at 12:58

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