Definition of sidetrack verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

sidetrack

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈsaɪdtræk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪdtræk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sidetrack
BrE BrE//ˈsaɪdtræk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪdtræk//
 
he / she / it sidetracks
BrE BrE//ˈsaɪdtræks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪdtræks//
 
past simple sidetracked
BrE BrE//ˈsaɪdtrækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪdtrækt//
 
past participle sidetracked
BrE BrE//ˈsaɪdtrækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪdtrækt//
 
-ing form sidetracking
BrE BrE//ˈsaɪdtrækɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪdtrækɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] sidetrack somebody (into doing something) to make somebody 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 I was supposed to be writing a letter but I'm afraid I got sidetracked. Don’t be sidetracked into discussing individual cases.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sidetrack