verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Examples from the Web for derail
Even a delay in appointments can derail ongoing investigations and regulatory efforts.
Is he rejecting her, or rejecting her cautionary tale—unable to derail his destiny?All the Signs That Don Draper Will Die on ‘Mad Men’|Kevin Fallon|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But let me be clear: if this Congress sends me a new sanctions bill now that threatens to derail these talks, I will veto it.
Used optimally, carbs can enhance your fitness regimen—not derail it!
At the same time, Palestinian officials continue to advocate unrealistic positions that threaten to derail any agreement.When Prisoner Releases and Direct Negotiations Aren’t Enough|Aaron Magid|August 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
An engine, moreover, that had the power of leaving the metals to chase you should you not derail it.The Pools of Silence|H. de Vere Stacpoole
To add to the traveller's discomfort, the road-bed is as bad as it can be and not derail the cars constantly.Under the Southern Cross|Maturin M. Ballou
Something told Gladys that the men had had no business at the switch; that they meant to derail and wreck the Limited.The Camp Fire Girls at Onoway House|Hildegard G. Frey
To derail a train is legitimate warfare, with many precedents to support it.The War in South Africa|Arthur Conan Doyle
That would delay it or derail it, and neither option is acceptable.State of the Union Addresses of George W. Bush|George W. Bush
British Dictionary definitions for derail
Word Origin and History for derail
1850, in both transitive and intransitive senses, from French dérailler "to go off the rails," from de- (see de-) + railler (see rail (n.1)). In general use first in U.S. Related: Derailed; derailing.