1 line/smell that sb/sth leaves behind

Ants follow a scent trail laid down previously.

blood, smoke, vapour/vapor
faint, thin
lay, leave, make, produce

The couple laid a false trail to escape the press photographers.

The tourists left a trail of empty cans behind them.

find, pick up

The dog had picked up the trail of a rabbit.

notice, see

The fox had crossed a stream, and the hounds lost the trail.

go cold

They had to find the kidnappers before the trail went cold.

on sb's trail

Detectives had found several new clues and were back on the murderer's trail.

a trail of blood, a trail of devastation

The hurricane passed, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.

a trail of smoke
2 path/route
forest, mountain, nature, wooded, woodland
10-km, 5-mile, etc.
bike, biking, cycle (BrE), hiking, jogging, mountain-bike, ski, snowmobile, walking

This restaurant is off the tourist trail.

narrow, rough, steep, winding
dusty, rocky
lighted, marked, paved
groomed (AmE)
campaign, comeback, presidential, winning (BrE) (all figurative)

After a disastrous few seasons, the team are on the comeback trail.

follow, hit, take

I like to hit the trail early and be finished by eight.

hike, ride, walk (all AmE)
do (informal)

We did the Inca trail.

go, lead, run, wend its way, wind

The trail wends its way through dark forests.

begin, start
cross sth, follow sth, pass sth
along a/the trail
1 move/walk slowly
closely (behind)

I trailed wearily after the others.

around, round (esp. BrE)

They spent their lives trailing around the country.

(along) behind
2 have a lower score than the other player/team

The team is now trailing badly in the league.

Tyler is trailing badly in the polls.


They were trailing by 12 points until the last few minutes of the game.

Trail is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑hand, ↑ivy, ↑wire
Trail is used with these nouns as the object: ↑finger

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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