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derail

Chiefly US a device designed to make rolling stock or locomotives leave the rails to avoid a collision or accident

derail

[dē′rāl]
(engineering)
To cause a railroad car or engine to run off the rails.
A device to guide railway cars or engines off the tracks to avoid collision or other accident.
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The elements which seek to vitiate the atmosphere and derail the dialogue process are working against the interests of the people of South Asia.
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With regards to Perzigian's arrest Wednesday, Sigel suggested that ``efforts are being made to derail this trial.
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