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sidetrack (n.)

also side-track, "railway siding," 1835, from side (adj.) + track (n.). The verb meaning "to move (a train car) onto a sidetrack" is from 1874; figurative sense of "to divert from the main purpose" is attested from 1881. Related: Sidetracked.

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Definitions of sidetrack from WordNet
1
sidetrack (v.)
wander from a direct or straight course;
Synonyms: depart / digress / straggle
2
sidetrack (n.)
a short stretch of railroad track used to store rolling stock or enable trains on the same line to pass;
Synonyms: siding / railroad siding / turnout
From wordnet.princeton.edu