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Definition of "sidetrack" [side•track]

  • To divert from a main issue or course: I was sidetracked from my work by an unexpected visitor. (verb-transitive)
  • To delay or block the progress of deliberately: "a bill that would sidetrack food irradiation in this country” ( Alexis Beck). (verb-transitive)
  • To switch from a main railroad track to a siding. (verb-transitive)
  • To deviate from a main issue or course. (verb-intransitive)
  • To run into a siding. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sidetrack" in a sentence
  • "It is kind of a sidetrack from the usual Cabinet fare, but might prove interesting to many of you."
  • "It was a great "sidetrack" - they learned more in a week and a half of blogging than I could have taught in a month."
  • "It's a sidetrack of an existing well, and the sidetrack is a short sidetrack just to get around the completion."