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sidetrack

verb [T usually passive] uk   /ˈsaɪd.træk/ us  
to direct a person's attention away from an activity or subject towards another one that is less important: Ruth was looking for an envelope in a drawer when she was sidetracked by some old letters. The students sidetracked their teacher into talking about her hobby. I'm sorry I'm late - I got sidetracked.
sidetrack
noun [C] uk   us  
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