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English definition of “sidetrack”

sidetrack

verb [I]  /ˈsɑɪdˌtræk/ us  
to direct (someone) away from an activity or subject toward another one that is often less important: Rhonda was looking for an envelope and got sidetracked reading some old letters.
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