Sidetrack meaning

sīdtrăk
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To divert from a main issue or course.

I was sidetracked from my work by an unexpected visitor.

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An alternate train of thought, issue, topic, or activity, that is a deviation or distraction from the topic at hand or central activity, and secondary or subordinate in importance or effectiveness.

Stay focused on the story; you keep getting lost in all of these little sidetracks.

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To delay or block the progress of deliberately.
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To switch from a main railroad track to a siding.
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To deviate from a main issue or course.
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To run into a siding.
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A railroad siding.
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To switch from a main line to a siding.
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To turn away from the main issue or course; divert or be diverted.
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A railroad siding.
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(rail transport) A second, relatively short length of track just to the side of a railroad track, joined to the main track by switches at one or both ends, used either for unloading freight, or to allow two trains on a same track to meet (opposite directions) or pass (same direction); a railroad siding.
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(sometimes) Any auxiliary railroad track, as differentiated from a siding, that runs adjacent to the main track.
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(mining) A smaller tunnel or well drilled as an auxiliary off a main tunnel or well.
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To divert (a locomotive) on to a lesser used track in order to allow other trains to pass.
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To divert or distract (someone) from a main issue or course of action with an alternate or less relevant topic or activity; or, to use deliberate trickery or sly wordplay when talking to (a person) in order to avoid discussion of a subject.

Sorry I'm late. I got sidetracked with contributing to Wiktionary.

The politician sidetracked the reporter with a story about duck hunting instead of a direct response to the question that was asked.

I hope you can sidetrack the teacher with questions so we don't have to take the exam.

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To sideline; to push aside; to divert or distract from, reducing (something) to a secondary or subordinate position.

The project was sidetracked in favor of a more popular program.

He has sidetracked this debate for far too long.

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(intransitive) To deviate briefly from the topic at hand.

Just to sidetrack a little bit from the subject I will explain my reasoning.

To sidetrack for a moment, let me commend this team for their outstanding efforts.

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