verb (used with or without object)
Examples from the Web for sidetrack
Next to you is a signal switch that will divert the train down a sidetrack or “spur.”
As the train was standing on the sidetrack at Watertown Junction it created considerable curiosity.Peck's Sunshine|George W. Peck
For the army London is on a sidetrack—is an out of the way place.The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume II|Burton J. Hendrick
He'll be coming around to offer to sidetrack that legislation if you'll let him build his railroad.Scattergood Baines|Clarence Budington Kelland
Warring factions all about him, who tried in many ways to sidetrack him, failed in every attempt.
Here on a sidetrack we found small coal-burning engines ready to help us over, small driving wheels but capable of great power.An Artilleryman's Diary|Jenkin Lloyd Jones
British Dictionary definitions for sidetrack
Word Origin and History for sidetrack
also side-track, "railway siding," 1835, from side (adj.) + track (n.). The verb meaning "to move (a train car) onto a sidetrack" is from 1874; figurative sense of "to divert from the main purpose" is attested from 1881. Related: Sidetracked.