"to play catch-up"
to make a special effort to reach the same quality, standard or level that someone or something has
Related words and phrases:
Two students are talking ...
Student 1: Good to see you back.
Student 2: Thanks. I was really sick with the flu all week.
Student 1: I suppose that, now, you are going to have to play catch-up with the work you missed.
Student 2: Yes. I will need to work extra hard to study everything I missed. Could you lend me your lecture notes, please?
Two colleagues are talking ...
Colleague 1: I see that our competitors have put a very innovative product on the market.
Colleague 2: Too bad we don't have anything that competes. I guess that's what happens when we cut the research and development budget.
Colleague 1: I think we will have to put some money into R&D and then play catch-up with the market.
Colleague 2: It will require some extra special effort and some time to develop the required technology to regain our market share.
Playing catch-up with competitors is not a good position to be in.
1) Seems like lately I've been playing catch-up reading my favorite blogs, but I do read you when I can.
2) ... pitched the idea to management, and they rejected it. Now they're playing catch-up to a great degree.
3) Apple has gone from being the leader to playing catch-up.
4) No other industry gets away with shipping a defective product and then playing catch-up to repair or replace it.
5) The Obama administration is turning to these questions, but it's playing catch-up for years of lost time.
6) If we don't want to find ourselves playing catch-up in the global competition for the cutting-edge, high-growth industries of tomorrow, we need ...
7) ... but Beijing has been playing catch-up to the traditional space superpowers since its first manned flight in 2003.
8) ... week behind in my other classes. Then I spend the next week playing catch-up to get ready for a Calc II test I have that week.
9) It was a game in which Detroit was constantly playing catch-up and never got a handle on the lead.
10) In a lot of ways, Apple's been playing catch-up in recent years. It was slow to dual-core, it was slow to LTE.
11) I receive several hundred emails per week and it's difficult to play catch-up. I don't want my team losing time waiting for my input.
12) The new console also helps Nintendo play catch-up to its competitors, as the Wii had less horsepower and lower quality graphics than ...
13) Data and cloud computing, however, open source drives innovation while proprietary products play catch-up.
14) high-performance computing industry to challenge US dominance, but it doesn't want to play catch-up. It wants to leapfrog ...
15) The eurozone crisis predominates this afternoon, as the FTSE seeks to play catch-up with European markets, having managed to get through the morning in relatively better shape ...
16) It's growing, but Sprint will play catch-up for a while.
17) I play catch-up from being out of the office all day on Thursday.
18) ... his teacher was demanding homework be completed in cursive. Rather than play catch-up on his penmanship, Thomas refused outright.
19) ... back the way you were before. Now, it's too late to play catch-up.
20) It's time to play catch-up and accept that some real planning for this community needs to occur if ...