"trail" in the noun sense
a track or mark left by something that has passed
"there as a trail of blood"
"a tear left its trail on her cheek"
a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country
3. lead, track, trail
evidence pointing to a possible solution
"the police are following a promising lead"
"the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
"trail" in the verb sense
1. drag, trail, get behind, hang back, drop behind, drop back
to lag or linger behind
"But in so many other areas we still are dragging"
2. chase, chase after, trail, tail, tag, give chase, dog, go after, track
go after with the intent to catch
"The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"
"the dog chased the rabbit"
3. trail, shack
move, proceed, or walk draggingly or slowly
"John trailed behind his class mates"
"The Mercedes trailed behind the horse cart"
hang down so as to drag along the ground
"The bride's veiled trailed along the ground"
5. trail, train
drag loosely along a surface allow to sweep the ground
"The toddler was trailing his pants"
"She trained her long scarf behind her"
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