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derail

verb uk   us   /ˌdiːˈreɪl/

derail verb (TRAIN)

[I or T] If a train derails or is derailed, it comes off the railway tracks.

derail verb (PLAN)

[T] to prevent a plan or process from succeeding: Renewed fighting threatens to derail the peace talks.
derailment
noun [C or U] uk   us   /-mənt/
There's been a derailment just outside the city, and many people are feared dead.
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