trail after

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trail after

To follow along after someone or something, especially in a diligent, dutiful, or persistent manner. We set out on our hike for the day with the three kids trailing after us. I trailed after the suspect for nearly four hours to figure out where he was stashing the stolen goods. Jimmy idolizes his big brother, always trailing after him wherever he goes.
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trail after (someone or something)

1. To follow along after someone or something, especially in a diligent, dutiful, or persistent manner. We set out on our hike for the day with the three kids trailing after us. I trailed after the suspect for nearly four hours to figure out where he was stashing the stolen goods. Jimmy idolizes his big brother, always trailing after him wherever he goes.
2. To be in a position secondary or inferior to someone or something else. We're trailing after him in the polls, but I still feel like we can win this election! Though their newest smartphone is the most technologically advanced one on the market, it continues to trail after its competitors in terms of sales. The team trailed after their opponents by 17 points at halftime.
See also: after, trail
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