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Moreover, a good stockman gets to be experienced in tracking.

We just stumbled onto you as you were tracking something in the woods.

I have been tracking you since the second day of our acquaintance.'

Now, see again—I tell you they have not been tracking us, and I will prove it.

Danger is to them always lurking and tracking their steps as closely as their shadow.

"The police have been tracking this affair hard," said the doctor slowly.

The men he had been tracking must have visited the camp and gone off again.

He was tracking a head of game after which there would be many hunters.

If there is just the least little fall of snow you can make a big wheel, with spokes in it, by your tracking.

Tracking the Protestants in this way was like "a hunt in a great enclosure."


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.