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Sidetrack vs. Trickery

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Sidetracknoun

(rail transport) A second, relatively short length of track just to the side of a railroad track, joined to the main track by switches at one or both ends, used either for unloading freight, or to allow two trains on a same track to meet (opposite directions) or pass (same direction); a railroad siding.

Trickerynoun

(uncountable) Deception or underhanded behavior.

Sidetracknoun

(sometimes) Any auxiliary railroad track, as differentiated from a siding, that runs adjacent to the main track.

Trickerynoun

(uncountable) The art of dressing up; imposture.

Sidetracknoun

(mining) A smaller tunnel or well drilled as an auxiliary off a main tunnel or well.

Trickerynoun

(uncountable) Artifice; the use of one or more stratagems.

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Sidetracknoun

An alternate train of thought, issue, topic, or activity, that is a deviation or distraction from the topic at hand or central activity, and secondary or subordinate in importance or effectiveness.

‘Stay focused on the story; you keep getting lost in all of these little sidetracks.’;

Trickerynoun

(countable) An instance of deception, underhanded behavior, dressing up, imposture, artifice, etc.

Sidetrackverb

(rail) To divert (a locomotive or train) on to a lesser used track in order to allow other trains to pass.

Trickerynoun

The art of dressing up; artifice; stratagem; fraud; imposture.

Sidetrackverb

To divert or distract (someone) from a main issue or course of action with an alternate or less relevant topic or activity; or, to use deliberate trickery or sly wordplay when talking to (a person) in order to avoid discussion of a subject.

‘Sorry I'm late. I got sidetracked helping my friend move some furniture.’; ‘The politician sidetracked the reporter with a story about duck hunting instead of a direct response to the question that was asked.’; ‘I hope you can sidetrack the teacher with questions so we don't have to take the exam.’;

Trickerynoun

verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way

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Sidetrackverb

To sideline; to push aside; to divert or distract from, reducing (something) to a secondary or subordinate position.

‘The project was sidetracked in favor of a more popular program.’; ‘He has sidetracked this debate for far too long.’;

Trickerynoun

the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)

Sidetrackverb

(intransitive) To deviate briefly from the topic at hand.

‘Just to sidetrack a little bit from the subject I will explain my reasoning.’; ‘To sidetrack for a moment, let me commend this team for their outstanding efforts.’;

Sidetrackverb

To transfer to a siding from a main line of track.

Sidetrackverb

Hence, fig., to divert or reduce to a position or condition that is relatively secondary or subordinate in activity, importance, effectiveness, or the like; to switch off; to turn aside, as from a purpose.

‘Such a project was, in fact, sidetracked in favor of the census of school children.’;

Sidetracknoun

a short stretch of railroad track used to store rolling stock or enable trains on the same line to pass

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Sidetrackverb

wander from a direct or straight course

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