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They've put lots of good weight-carriers off the track before they was due to go.

Robert pointed in silence to the huge rock which lay on the track.

The track was plain enough, and there were hamlets at long intervals.

You wouldn't think it was a hundred yards back from the track, would you?

His last letter gives no clue to the track he intended to pursue.

Got on the track just before dark and followed it along a few miles.

We left the track to examine a gully to the north, but could not find any water.

Taking to the water threw the hounds off the scent of the track.

Though I felt a subtle and wondrous change, I could not trace or track the miracle.

"I t'ought I see a b'y skinnin' off the track," commented Gaynor.


late 15c., "footprint, mark left by anything," from Old French trac "track of horses, trace" (mid-15c.), possibly from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Low German treck, Dutch trek "drawing, pulling;" see trek). Meaning "lines of rails for drawing trains" is from 1805. Meaning "branch of athletics involving a running track" is recorded from 1905. Meaning "single recorded item" is from 1904, originally in reference to phonograph records. Meaning "mark on skin from repeated drug injection" is first attested 1964.

Track record (1955) is a figurative use from racing, "performance history" of an individual car, runner, horse, etc.(1907, but the phrase was more common in sense "fastest speed recorded at a particular track"). To make tracks "move quickly" is American English colloquial first recorded 1835; to cover (one's) tracks in the figurative sense first attested 1898; to keep track of something is attested from 1883. American English wrong side of the tracks "bad part of town" is by 1901. Track lighting attested from 1970.


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