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sidetrack

noun side·track \ ˈsīd-ˌtrak \
Updated on: 21 Apr 2018

Definition of sidetrack

1 : siding 2
2 : a position or condition of secondary importance to which one may be diverted

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First Known Use of sidetrack

1828

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sidetrack

verb

Definition of sidetrack

1 : to shunt aside (as to a railroad siding)
2 a : to turn aside from a purpose : deflect
b : to prevent action on by diversionary tactics
  • sidetrack an issue

Recent Examples of sidetrack from the Web

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First Known Use of sidetrack

1871

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SIDETRACK Defined for English Language Learners

sidetrack

Definition of sidetrack for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to talk about or do something different and less important

  • : to change the direction or use of (something)

  • : to prevent (something) from being dealt with


SIDETRACK Defined for Kids

sidetrack

verb side·track \ ˈsīd-ˌtrak \

Definition of sidetrack for Students

sidetracked; sidetracking
: to turn aside from a main purpose or direction
  • Nick could launch a question guaranteed to sidetrack the teacher long enough to … wipe out the homework assignment.
  • —Andrew Clements, Frindle


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