sawdust trail


Definition of sawdust trail

1 : the path of conversion to a gospel or belief when a notorious grizzled old sinner hits the sawdust trail, the hallelujahs shake the tabernacle— Beverly Smith drew the students back down the sawdust trail to the old-time CongregationalismAmerican Guide Series: Connecticut
2 : the circuit of revival meetings five of the biggest attractions on the sawdust trail— Furman Bisher

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History and Etymology for sawdust trail

so called from the practice of going down a sawdust-covered aisle to the altar in a revival tent meeting as a sign of repentance or conversion

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“Sawdust trail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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