(noun, verb)


1. a short stretch of railroad track used to store rolling stock or enable trains on the same line to pass

Similar word(s): siding, turnout

Definition categories: man–made, railroad, railway

Sentences with sidetrack as a noun:

- Stay focused on the story; you keep getting lost in all of these little sidetracks.


1. wander from a direct or straight course

Similar word(s): depart, digress, straggle

Definition categories: motion, deviate, divert

Sentences with sidetrack as a verb:

- Sorry I'm late. I got sidetracked with contributing to Wiktionary.

- 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.

- The project was sidetracked in favor of a more popular program.

- He has sidetracked this debate for far too long.

- Just to sidetrack a little bit from the subject I will explain my reasoning.

- To sidetrack for a moment, let me commend this team for their outstanding efforts.