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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“We believe that policymakers should support the goals of the four cities Stevens Creek Trail by leveraging existing infrastructure and related initiatives that are underway in the cities involved and in Santa Clara County.”
The event was held to celebrate the completion of two miles of rail trail by the Wakefield/Brookfield Trails, Rails Action Committee (TRAC).
In January last year, Ethan Langer from Boy Scout Troop 101 constructed .3 miles of the new Coyote Trail by cutting brush and clearing the trail.
The trail had been the dream of University of Oregon track standout Steve Prefontaine, and his death on May 30, 1975, inspired a concerted effort to finish the trail by September of that year.
Maps and a guidebook are available from Seaway Trail by calling 1-800-SEAWAY-T.
Splurge a little and purchase the magnificent coffee table pictorial, On the Oregon Trail by Jonathan Nicholas, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co., Portland, Oregon 97210, $45.
"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."