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sawdust trail

the road to conversion or rehabilitation, as for a sinner or criminal.
Also called sawdust circuit. the itinerary of revival meetings.
Origin of sawdust trail
An Americanism dating back to 1910-15; so called from the sawdust-covered aisles in the temporary constructions put up for revival meetings Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • All too soon he found himself marching down the sawdust trail.

    The Crimson Flash

    Roy J. Snell
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