sidetrack verb [ T usually passive ]

UK /ˈsaɪd.træk/ US /ˈsaɪd.træk/

 

to direct a person’s attention away from an activity or subject towards another one that is less important:

Ruth was looking for an envelope in a drawer when she was sidetracked by someold letters.
The students sidetracked their teacher into talking about her hobby.
I’m sorry I’m late — I got sidetracked.

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