trail by

trail someone or something by something

to have a smaller score than someone or something by a specific number of points. Our team trails the visiting team by only six points. I trailed her by only a few points.
See also: trail
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Sherman's efforts have resulted in several million dollars in funding for completion of the Backbone Trail by acquiring more private land in its proposed path.
Splurge a little and purchase the magnificent coffee table pictorial, On the Oregon Trail by Jonathan Nicholas, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co.
Powerful Rockey: The Blue Mountains and the Oregon Trail by John W.
Interested parties can buy a chunk of the trail by contributing $100 a foot to the Backbone Trail Completion Campaign.