Definition of sawdust trail in English:

Share this entry

sawdust trail

(also Sawdust Trail)

noun

informal
1The itinerary of a traveling gospel preacher: a retired clergyman who spent his working days as an evangelist on what was left of the old Sawdust Trail
More example sentences
  • Thorn, the son of a Pentecostal preacher who grew up singing and playing tambourine on the Mississippi sawdust trail, has developed a musical style that combines folk, blues, country, gospel, R&B, and rock and roll.
1.1The process of an erring individual’s rehabilitation through repentance: the president has been on the sawdust trail recently, apologizing hither and yon
More example sentences
  • None of the recognition, however, replaces the impact Sunday had on the lives of those who hit the sawdust trail at one of his meetings.
  • The presidential campaign trail hasn't quite turned into the ‘sawdust trail,’ but religious issues and candidate comments on faith have popped up frequently.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: saw·dust trail

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.