[ sahyd-trak ]
/ ˈsaɪdˌtræk /

verb (used with or without object)

to move from the main track to a siding, as a train.
to move or distract from the main subject or course.


any railroad track, other than a siding, auxiliary to the main track.

Origin of sidetrack

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; side1 + track Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sidetracked

/ (ˈsaɪdˌtræk) /


to distract or be distracted from a main subject or topic


US and Canadian a railway siding
the act or an instance of sidetracking; digression
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