trail - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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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.

  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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