verb (used with object)
to cause (a train, streetcar, etc.) to run off the rails of a track.
to cause to fail or become deflected from a purpose; reduce or delay the chances for success or development of:
Being drafted into the army derailed his career for two years.
verb (used without object)
(of a train, streetcar, etc.) to run off the rails of a track.
to become derailed; go astray.
a track device for derailing rolling stock in an emergency.
verbal derivative of
to go or cause to go off the rails, as a train, tram, etc
) Also called:
a device designed to make rolling stock or locomotives leave the rails to avoid a collision or accident
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So don't go looking for freak accidents of nature to derail that calculus.
It could, in fact, derail the entire information economy.
They will see to it that none of the sensible pre-cautions you suggest can derail their plans.
How to derail scientific discussion regarding meteor shower.
Doctored images are troubling because they can mislead scientists and even derail a search for the causes and cures of disease.
Let us not derail this useful and interesting thread.
Not to derail, but if you get travel insurance and have to file a claim, don't give up if your claim is denied.
In sum, they stay on the career track and let others deny and derail.
It won't derail e-readers, and that is not my mission.
Traveling with children can derail any family vacation plan, especially if the children are different ages.
Nine major money mistakes that can derail your marriage.
The costs are so modest and widely spread that they are unlikely to derail any recovery.
But if some countries tighten too soon, this could derail the global recovery.
It is not in their collective interest to derail economic growth or destroy demand for their wares.
It helped derail the latest round of world trade talks.
If, that is, crushing federal debt does not derail his taxing and spending plans.
There is legitimate concern that, done hastily, austerity could derail a weak recovery.
Well, it might not completely derail the candidacy, but it would be considered a relevant factor.
If one reads carefully, one can discern the derail and loathing of dissent throughout these posts.
They attempt to derail the discussion and divert it to their cause without regard to facts at hand.
You're not as bright as you think you are if you let such self-limiting behaviors derail you.
Long, involved accompaniments can derail a fast food strategy.
His subsequent contraction of polio threatened to derail any future political plans.
Rarely does something derail the nightly routine, although feverish kids have been known to be tucked in, sans story.
He didn't go after bad pitches, no matter how many pitchers tried to derail his record chase by avoiding the strike zone.
Every few months, a new crisis cropped up, threatening to once again derail the global economy.
With exports improving but still weak, exiting stimulus measures too soon could derail the economy's recovery.
Keeping close ties with your ex can derail new loves and confuse the kids.
Budget shortfall could derail plans for underground lab.
Many students are shocked when they discover how small mistakes can derail future plans.
As such, beware of conflicting metrics, since they will cause crossed paths and collisions that will derail performance.
In this setting, some patients will use a wide range of interpersonal strategies to derail the opioid taper.
Students making the transition into middle or high school face challenges that may derail their school careers.
Because regional airport planning is advisory, competing interests can derail development and implementation.