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Thus he had tracked down the traitor and left him in good hands.

It was better to go out and hunt the hunter than to wait there and be tracked down.

Then I fancied that we had been tracked down, and that some one had tried to bury us in the cave.

I've tracked down the thief that committed the Long Island burglary.

We tracked down to Andrijevitza, which we reached about four in the afternoon.

He had tracked down a pocket to make history with, to count time from.

He had been living chiefly on hares which he tracked down in the snow.

He was tracked down at last, and by none other than his younger brother Charles.

In coming upon the sleeping Italian he had tracked down this particular smell.

The public eye, so far from pursuing Kitty, was itself pursued, tracked down and captured.


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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.