It was certainly fun for me to see that dignified Englishman make tracks across the shoal.
My advice to you is, make tracks for your starvation desert.
If we'd really wanted to make tracks, they said, this would be the last thing we'd think of doing.
If he adds big hobnails to make tracks with, he is sure of himself.
Get up, you whelp, and make tracks out of here, youll lose your job for this.
Now you part and make tracks for home, one on foot and one in a fly.
But with this three-month limit, you must make tracks for Honolulu straight, and communicate by steamer.
But I've got to make tracks, for if she were here, where would I put her?
You seem straight enough, and we will make tracks as you suggest.
So it does, and I reckon the best thing we can do is to make tracks for some place of safety.
late 15c., "footprint, mark left by anything," from Old French trac "track of horses, trace" (mid-15c.), possibly from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Low German treck, Dutch trek "drawing, pulling;" see trek). Meaning "lines of rails for drawing trains" is from 1805. Meaning "branch of athletics involving a running track" is recorded from 1905. Meaning "single recorded item" is from 1904, originally in reference to phonograph records. Meaning "mark on skin from repeated drug injection" is first attested 1964.
Track record (1955) is a figurative use from racing, "performance history" of an individual car, runner, horse, etc.(1907, but the phrase was more common in sense "fastest speed recorded at a particular track"). To make tracks "move quickly" is American English colloquial first recorded 1835; to cover (one's) tracks in the figurative sense first attested 1898; to keep track of something is attested from 1883. American English wrong side of the tracks "bad part of town" is by 1901. Track lighting attested from 1970.
"to follow or trace the footsteps of," 1560s, from track (n.). Related: Tracked; tracking.
To depart; clear out, MAKE oneself SCARCE: If you know what's good for you, make tracks right now (1839+)
[probably fr track, ''the groove of a phonograph record, a continuous line or passage of a tape recording,'' influenced by earlier track, ''follow, come closely and directly behind'']