AskDefine | Define sidetrack

Dictionary Definition

sidetrack n : a short stretch of railroad track used to store rolling stock or enable trains on the same line to pass [syn: siding, railroad siding, turnout] v : wander from a direct or straight course [syn: depart, digress, straggle]

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English

Verb

  1. to divert (a locomotive) on to a lesser used track in order to allow other trains to pass
  2. to use trickery or sly wordplay when talking to (a person) in order to avoid discussion of a subject or to distract the person spoken to
    • The politician sidetracked the reporter with a story about duck hunting instead of a direct response to the question that was asked.
    • I hope you can sidetrack the teacher with questions so we don't have to take the exam.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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