sidetrack

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sidetrack \Side"track'\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Sidetracked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sidetracking}.]

1. (Railroads) To transfer to a siding from a main line of track. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. Hence, fig., to divert or reduce to a position or condition that is relatively secondary or subordinate in activity, importance, effectiveness, or the like; to switch off; to turn aside, as from a purpose. [Colloq.]

Such a project was, in fact, sidetracked in favor of the census of school children. --Pop. Sci. Monthly. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

sidetrack

noun

1: a short stretch of railroad track used to store rolling stock or enable trains on the same line to pass [syn: {siding}, {railroad siding}, {turnout}, {sidetrack}]

verb

1: wander from a direct or straight course [syn: {sidetrack}, {depart}, {digress}, {straggle}]


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