verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to move from the main track to a siding, as a train.
to move or distract from the main subject or course.
any railroad track, other than a siding, auxiliary to the main track.

1825–35, Americanism; side1 + track Unabridged
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sidetrack (ˈsaɪdˌtræk)
1.  to distract or be distracted from a main subject or topic
2.  (US), (Canadian) a railway siding
3.  the act or an instance of sidetracking; digression

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Word Origin & History

"railway siding," 1835, from side (adj.) + track (q.v.). The verb meaning "to move (a train car) onto a sidetrack" is from 1880; fig. sense of "to divert from the main purpose" is attested from 1889
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
Now they appear to be throwing anything that will stick to the walls in order
  to sidetrack the debate.
Beside you is a lever with which you can switch the train to a sidetrack.
The purpose of this operation was to provide directional services on a
  sidetrack of a straight hole.
In my opinion, that is a fiction designed to sidetrack some of our productivity
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