View synonyms for sidetracked


[ sahyd-trakt ]


  1. distracted from the main subject, task, course, etc.:

    Sorry for not replying sooner—I’m an easily sidetracked guy with poor time management.

  2. (of a train) moved from the main track to a siding, where it stops temporarily:

    Rail officials agreed to move a sidetracked train after local residents complained of the noise, fumes, and vibrations.


  1. the simple past tense and past participle of sidetrack.
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Word History and Origins

Origin of sidetracked1

First recorded in 1880–85; sidetrack ( def ) + -ed 2( def ) for the adjective senses; sidetrack ( def ) + -ed 1( def ) for the verb sense
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Example Sentences

How do we move this along quickly before they get sidetracked with other projects?

But the fact that they have had to divert funds and resources for Ebola means their original objectives have been sidetracked.

It even included a sly nod to being “sidetracked in Juárez.”

Got sidetracked watching a documentary about Egyptian afterlife rituals and beliefs.

“We get sidetracked by efforts to focus on getting every woman a mammogram,” she recently told The Daily Beast.

She ran out and caught a neighbors boy, and sent him scurrying down to the sidetracked sleeping car with a note to Helen.

Not to be sidetracked, she then asked the woman's rights convention to broaden its platform to include rights for the Negro.

Granville Stuart, meanwhile, having successfully sidetracked the three musketeers, proceeded silently to gather his clansmen.

There's been a big change in you since you sidetracked Will Douglas, Esmé.

Of course the Jubilee issue was a special affair, and for a time sidetracked other considerations.


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sidetrackside trip