off the track

off the track

 
1. Go to off the (beaten) track.
2. Fig. [of comments] irrelevant and immaterial. I'm afraid you're off the track, John. Try again. I'm sorry. I was thinking about dinner, and I got off the track.
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off the track

Away from one's objective, train of thought, or a sequence of events, It is often put as get or put or throw off the track , as in Your question has gotten me off the track, or The interruption threw Mom off the track and she forgot what she'd already put into the stew . This term comes from railroading, where it means "derailed." Its figurative use was first recorded in 1875.
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off the track

mod. not on a productive course; following the wrong lead. You are off the track just a little. Let me help you.
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References in classic literature ?
He therefore missed seeing that Adam branched off the track and returned to the high road.
Having advanced six paces and strayed off the track into the snow, Pierre looked down at his feet, then quickly glanced at Dolokhov and, bending his finger as he had been shown, fired.
It was necessary that they should be thrown off the track, and that I should win to California.
He asked me which way I was going, and, when I told him, he said I should save seven miles, and get a good hour earlier to Yea, by striking off the track and making for a peak that we could see through the trees, and following a creek that I should see from the peak.
beard--the riderless horse and the bloody saddle--the deliberate misdirection that had put me off the track and out of the way--and now the missing manager and the report of bushrangers at this end.
Had the engine run off the track,--a catastrophe, it is whispered, by no means unprecedented,--the bottomless pit, if there be any such place, would undoubtedly have received us.
They know it and tell it as a parrot would--and if you interrupt, and throw them off the track, they have to go back and begin over again.
Let us spend one day as deliberately as Nature, and not be thrown off the track by every nutshell and mosquito's wing that falls on the rails.
It was not that they distinguished themselves as a family by any particular originality, or that their excursions off the track led to any breach of the proprieties.
And she would go back to the chase of it--and no sooner be fairly started than her chariot would be thrown off the track, so to speak, by the stupidity of those thrice accursed musicians.
Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway pulled off the track after the parade laps in protest of what they called dangerous race conditions.
TRIUMPH HURDLE winner Snow Drop will be off the track until the end of the year after suffering an injury in a schooling fall.
Burney and Dollar General will make a great combination on and off the track as Burney makes his way towards Rookie-of-the-Year in 2006.
nAmong those taking on Moon Devil is Sound Reveille, who won the Grand Annual Chase at the 1995 Cheltenham Festival for Charlie Brooks, but has been off the track for 700 days.
Larry Augustin, CEO, Medsphere Systems Corporation, will kick off the track with a keynote address titled, "The Next Wave of Open Source: Applications.