Definitions for: Sidetrack

[n] a short stretch of railroad track used to store rolling stock or enable trains on the same line to pass
[v] wander from a direct or straight course

Webster (1913) Definition: Side"track`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sidetracked; p.
pr. & vb. n. Sidetracking.]
1. (Railroads) To transfer to a siding from a main line of

2. Hence, fig., to divert or reduce to a position or
condition that is relatively secondary or subordinate in
activity, importance, effectiveness, or the like; to
switch off; to turn aside, as from a purpose. [Colloq.]

Such a project was, in fact, sidetracked in favor of
the census of school children. --Pop. Sci.

Synonyms: depart, digress, railroad siding, siding, straggle, stray

See Also: deviate, divert, railroad, railroad track, railway

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