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English definition of “sidetrack”

sidetrack

verb [T usually passive]     /ˈsaɪd.træk/
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.Creating a distraction sidetrack     noun [C] Creating a distraction
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