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English definition of “trail”

trail

noun (SIGNS)    /treɪl/
C2 [C] the smell or series of marks left by a person, animal, or thing as it moves along: The dogs are specially trained to follow the trail left by the fox. He left a trail of muddy footprints behind him.Animal (non-human) behaviour [S] various pieces of information that together show where someone you are searching for has gone: The police admit that the thieves have left no trail for them to follow up.Pursuing be on the trail of sb/sth to be searching for someone or something by examining information you find about where they went: The three men went to the Bahamas, on the trail of a sunken 17th-century galleon full of treasure.Searching
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