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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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According to the Saudi prince, the UAE delegation, and specifically Shaikh Mohammad, felt the meeting risked getting off track because of Shaikh Tamim's retraction.
If things are getting off track, they don't wait for the end of the fiscal year to see what was and what wasn't done-they gently intervene while there's still time to get things back on track.
Make sure to deliberately plan out your days and the goals you want to achieve within each chunk of time, so you have a game plan to reference when you feel yourself getting off track. * Do not forget to work hard.
In my opinion, though, John Taylor's Getting off Track (Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution Press, 2009) and Roger Koppl's From Crisis to Confidence (London: Institute for Economic Affairs, 2014) offer more thorough treatments of the financial crisis for such an evaluation.
Additional scenarios drilled were aftershocks that caused damage to infrastructure and buildings in the city and a freight train transporting chlorine getting off track near the city, causing a leak of hazardous materials.
The greatest likelihood of us getting off track is if we don't bring all demographics along with us for the ride.
Of course, issues and areas of focus may change throughout the life of the investigation, but having a written plan at the outset is an important way to keep the investigation from getting off track.
Approach new endeavors in an intelligent, organised way to avoid getting off track. Develop a system.
They sent a message that is resonating across the continent, where many supporters of the European project worry that it is getting off track.
Getting Off Track. Stanford: Hoover University Press.
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.
By putting those conversations and agreements in writing on those papers (or e-files), you have a reference to go back to when you find ourselves sliding back into the hole or getting off track.
So, we have "College Kids," a song about students getting off track, by Reliant K.
The Delivery process allows for a candid assessment of project risks and timely application of action plans for projects that may be getting off track. The State demonstrated a strong understanding of its progress and the areas that required additional support.