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get off track

1. Literally, to lose one's bearings or course of direction. It was only after an hour or so that we realized that we had somehow gotten off track during the storm.
2. By extension, to lose sight of or be distracted from one's goal(s); to become unfocused; to stray from the central topic, issue, or subject at hand. I tried to keep everyone's attention on the few key issues that needed to be addressed, but we kept getting off track with general complaints and asinine suggestions. We wanted to have the product released by the early spring, but we got off track with a number of technical issues.
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The region had been gradually getting off track from that plan as the budget cuts of the last year hit and will be in a state of ``non-conformity'' by June if nothing changes by then, Pisano said.
In addition, the President's directive to begin fielding a missile defense capability by 2004 places MDA in danger of getting off track early and impairing the effort over the long term.
Bluffton's program is really a "second-chance program" that attempts to intervene early and prevent a young person from getting off track.
If we could have seen the time when we were getting off track, making amends would be a lot easier.
My attention and interest were kept high, but when I found myself getting off track, I would soon happen upon a highlight or quick check that quickly got me back on track.
In addition, 64 percent find a lack of support the reason for getting off track from a weight loss plan.
Getting off track just a little, this should inspire you to consider a sight with third-axis leveling.
Taylor in his new book Getting Off Track strongly suggests that specific government actions and interventions should be first on the list of answers to all three.
If you find yourself getting off track, bring the focus back to eating fresh fruits and vegetables during meals and snacks, as they help you get the most nutrients per calories.
What they may not realize is that they may be getting off track with their retirement savings before they even get started.
That means that even the best retirement plans may be at risk of getting off track or even failing to meet long-term goals.
Approach new endeavors in an intelligent, organised way to avoid getting off track.
They sent a message that is resonating across the continent, where many supporters of the European project worry that it is getting off track.
Make sure your answer is directly related to the question and refer back to it if you are getting off track.
The book consists of 36 poems organized in four sections, reflecting the distinct stages in the spiritual and personal journey, from getting off track, through searching for a way back, through hallucinations in a hostile desert environment, finding shelter in the shade of Salvation Canyon, to being rescued and experiencing the world after the return from the brink of death.