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trail

noun [C]  /treɪl/ us  

trail noun [C] (PATH)

a path through the countryside, often made or used for a particular purpose: a bike/mountain/nature trail fig. Presidential candidates were on the campaign trail in Mississippi yesterday. A trail is also a series of marks left by a person, animal, or thing as it moves along: The kids left a trail of muddy footprints across the kitchen floor.

trail

verb [I/T]  /treɪl/ us  

trail verb [I/T] (FOLLOW)

to follow or come behind: [T] Ray trailed Kate up to the porch. [I always + adv/prep] A string of police cars led the president’s limousine and others trailed behind. In a competition, to trail is to be losing to someone: [I] Dallas trailed 34-21 with less than seven minutes to play in the football game. [T] Bush trailed the governor by only 4 percentage points. [I] Though trailing in the polls, she predicted victory.
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