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sidetrackverb [T usually passive]

uk   us   /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 ​oldletters. The ​students sidetracked ​theirteacher intotalking about her ​hobby. I'm ​sorry I'm late - I got sidetracked.
sidetrack
noun [C] uk   us  
(Definition of sidetrack from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sidetrackverb [I]

 us   /ˈsɑɪdˌtræk/
to ​direct (someone) away from an ​activity or ​subject toward another one that is often less ​important: Rhonda was ​looking for an ​envelope and got sidetracked ​reading some ​oldletters.
(Definition of sidetrack from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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