sawdust trail

noun

1
: the path of conversion to a gospel or belief
when a notorious grizzled old sinner hits the sawdust trail, the hallelujahs shake the tabernacleBeverly 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 trailFurman Bisher

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sawdust%20trail. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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