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noun [countable] trail pronunciation in British English /treɪl/
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  1. 1
    a path through the countryside, especially one designed for walking for pleasure
    The trail led down to the lake.
    follow a trail: We followed a winding trail into the mountains.
  2. 2
    a series of marks or objects left by someone or something that shows they have been there
    trail of: a trail of blood
    leave a trail: He left a trail of muddy footprints.
    follow a trail: We followed the trail of ribbons he had tied to the trees.
    1. a.
      a smell or series of marks left by an animal
      follow a trail: Dogs can follow a bear’s trail for several miles.
  3. 3
    damage or harm caused by something bad
    trail of: Hurricane Andrew left a trail of destruction along the coast.
    1. a.
      a series of bad or harmful events
      a trail of murders/robberies
  4. 4
    a series of pieces of connected evidence that prove that someone did something wrong or illegal
    The trail of missing funds led investigators directly to Wang.
    See also paper trail
  5. 5
    mainly journalism a series of activities that you do in order to achieve something
    the campaign/championship/winning/comeback trail: The usual pack of reporters were following Bush on the campaign trail.
    hit the trail (=begin to try to achieve something): Sefton hits the cup trail tomorrow, following today’s win.



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