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trail

noun [C, usually singular]
 
 
/treɪl/
a series of activities that someone does in order to achieve something: acquisition/campaign/comeback trail The bank's acquisition trail across the globe might slow a little although it continues to look at potential opportunities.
be on/go on/hit the trail to be trying to find, get, or achieve something: He tells candidates to raise money early, before they hit the trail for speeches and handshakes.
blaze a/the trail to be the first to do something new: Netscape and Hotmail were both swallowed up after blazing the trail for larger, less agile competitors. I'm not blazing a trail for women, I'm doing this for myself.
(hot) on the trail (of sth) very close to finding or achieving something: NPR's reporter is hot on the trail of the story.
leave a trail of sth to leave a series or number of things behind you: His company went into liquidation leaving a trail of debts. Over the past 12 months, the company has underperformed the index by over 20%, leaving a trail of disappointed investors.
→ See also audit trail, paper trail
(Definition of trail noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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