derail
verb Etymology: French dérailler to throw off the track, from dé- de- + rail, from English Date: 1850 transitive verb 1. to cause to run off the rails 2. a. to obstruct the progress of ; frustrate <
security problems derailed the tour
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b. to upset the stability or composure of <
divorce…can seriously derail an employee — Joanne Gordon
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intransitive verb to leave the rails • derailment noun

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  • Derail — De*rail , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Derailed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Derailing}.] To cause to run off from the rails of a railroad, as a locomotive. Lardner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • derail — 1850, in both trans. and intrans. senses, from Fr. dérailler to go off the rails, from de (see DE (Cf. de )) + railler (see RAIL (Cf. rail)). In general use first in U.S. Related: Derailed; derailing …   Etymology dictionary

  • derail — ► VERB 1) cause (a train) to leave the tracks. 2) obstruct (a process) by diverting it from its intended course. DERIVATIVES derailment noun …   English terms dictionary

  • derail — [dē rāl′] vt. [Fr dérailler < dé , from (see DE ) + rail < OFr reille: see RAIL1] to cause (a train, etc.) to go off the rails vi. to go off the rails derailment n …   English World dictionary

  • Derail — Not to be confused with Derailment. Derail device installed at an industry, complete with Blue Flag protection A derail or derailer is a device used to prevent fouling of a track by unauthorized movements of trains or unattended rolling stock. It …   Wikipedia

  • derail — 1. noun /dəˈreɪl,ˌdiːˈreɪl/ A device placed on railway tracks causing a train to derail. The derail was placed deliberately so that the train would fall into the river. 2. verb /dəˈreɪl,ˌdiːˈreɪl/ a) To cause to come off the tracks. The train was …   Wiktionary

  • derail — verb Derail is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑train Derail is used with these nouns as the object: ↑career, ↑effort, ↑election, ↑plan, ↑train …   Collocations dictionary

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