- 1to make someone start to talk about or do something that is different from the main thing that they are supposed to be talking about or doing synonym distract
- 2 I was supposed to be writing a letter but Igot sidetracked. Don't be sidetracked into discussing individual cases.
NAmE//ˈsaɪdtræk//[usually passive]sidetrack somebody (into doing something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sidetrack
he / she / it sidetracks
past simple sidetracked
-ing form sidetracking