Definition of sawdust trail in US English:

sawdust trail

(also Sawdust Trail)


  • 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’
    • ‘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. 1.1 The process of an erring individual's rehabilitation through repentance.
      ‘the president has been on the sawdust trail recently, apologizing hither and yon’
      • ‘The presidential campaign trail hasn't quite turned into the ‘sawdust trail,’ but religious issues and candidate comments on faith have popped up frequently.’
      • ‘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.’