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: by, trail
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And we will be able to better inform the trail user of their experience on the trail by having information on grades, slopes, surfaces and obstacles available at the trail heads.
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.