Synonyms of 'sidetrack'
They have a tendency to try to sidetrack you.
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a manoeuvre to deflect our attention from what was happening
If something distracts you or your attention from something, it takes your attention away from it.
Video games sometimes distract him from his homework.
If you say that someone diverts your attention from something important or serious, you disapprove of them behaving or talking in a way that stops you thinking about it.
They want to divert the attention of the people from the real issues.
Thesaurus for sidetrack from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you are sidetracked by something, it makes you forget what you intended to do or say , and start instead doing or talking about a different thing.