Sidetracking
Sidetrack 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 track. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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. Monthly. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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