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[bak-treyl] /ˈbækˌtreɪl/
verb (used without object)
to backtrack.
Origin of back-trail
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I don't like to back-trail, anyway; it's a bad habit to get into.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • She fled, stumbled, stood still in the entrance to the back-trail.


    Stephen French Whitman
  • "But, Jim, I'll never be able to find the back-trail," said Joan.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
  • An' I waited there all afternoon till dark, expectin' mebbe they'd back-trail.

  • And with a sigh, she replaced the packet in the bag, and returned to her scrutiny of the back-trail.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • Left alone, I turned my horse and drove the pack-ponies along our back-trail.

    The Young Forester Zane Grey
  • When they started the actions of the dog showed Hare that Wolf was not tracking a back-trail, but travelling by instinct.

  • But Joe Pete merely shrugged, and started the dogs, whereupon Brent faced about and started over the back-trail.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • He had been harping on the city string again and asked me if I intended to live and die a withered beauty on a back-trail ranch.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • We followed the back-trail for a few miles and then were forced by the night to make a camp.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter

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