off the track


Away from one's objective, train of thought, or a sequence of events, It is often put as get or put or throw off the track, as in Your question has gotten me off the track, or The interruption threw Mom off the track and she forgot what she'd already put into the stew. This term comes from railroading, where it means “derailed.” Its figurative use was first recorded in 1875.

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How to use off the track in a sentence

  • He left the village the next day at noon by the toy train, "the little get off-the-track," as we call it.

    A Village of Vagabonds | F. Berkeley Smith