Sidetrack Definition

sīdtrăk
sidetracked, sidetracks
verb
sidetracked, sidetracks
To turn away from the main issue or course; divert or be diverted.
Webster's New World
To switch from a main line to a siding.
Webster's New World
To delay or block the progress of deliberately.
American Heritage
To deviate from a main issue or course.
American Heritage
To run into a siding.
American Heritage
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noun
sidetracks
A railroad siding.
Webster's New World

(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.

Wiktionary

(sometimes) Any auxiliary railroad track, as differentiated from a siding, that runs adjacent to the main track.

Wiktionary

(mining) A smaller tunnel or well drilled as an auxiliary off a main tunnel or well.

Wiktionary

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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Synonyms:
turnoutrailroad sidingsidingshut
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