how to pronounce sidetrack


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sidetrack is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of sidetrack in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… very much sorry to sidetrack there for a …”

meanings of sidetrack


  1. A smaller tunnel or well drilled as an auxiliary off a main tunnel or well.
  2. 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.
  3. Any auxiliary railroad track, as differentiated from a siding, that runs adjacent to the main track.
  4. 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.


  1. To divert (a locomotive or train) on to a lesser used track in order to allow other trains to pass.
  2. 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.
  3. To sideline; to push aside; to divert or distract from, reducing (something) to a secondary or subordinate position.
  4. To deviate briefly from the topic at hand.

sidetrack frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word sidetrack occurs in english on average 0.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics sidetrack can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that sidetrack can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) transport and travel;

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