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English definition of “sidetrack”

sidetrack

verb [I]    /ˈsɑɪdˌtræk/
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 .
(Definition of sidetrack verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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