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Definition 1: run off or leave the rails - [verb of motion]

Samples where derail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the train derailed because a cow was standing on the tracks

Synonyms for derail in the sense of this definition

(derail is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

Definition 2: cause to run off the tracks - [verb of motion]

Samples where derail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they had planned to derail the trains that carried atomic waste

(derail is a kind of ...) destroy property or hinder normal operations

"The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"

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