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sawdust trail

noun
1.
the road to conversion or rehabilitation, as for a sinner or criminal.
2.
Also called sawdust circuit. the itinerary of revival meetings.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism; so called from the sawdust-covered aisles in the temporary constructions put up for revival meetings
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