|Origin:||trailler 'to pull after you, tow', from Vulgar Latin tragulare, from Latin tragula 'sledge, net for pulling'|
to pull something behind you, especially along the ground, or to be pulled in this way:
pull[intransitive and transitive]
A plane trailing a banner was circling overhead.
trail in/on/over etc
She walked slowly along the path, her skirt trailing in the mud.
trail something in/across/through etc something
Rees was leaning out of the boat trailing his hand through the water.
to walk slowly, especially behind other people because you are tired or bored
walk slowly[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
Susie trailed along behind her parents.
We spent the afternoon trailing around the shops.
to be losing in a game, competition, or election:
lose a competition[intransitive,transitive usually in progressive]
The Democratic candidate is still trailing in the opinion polls.
trail (somebody) by something
Manchester United were trailing by two goals to one.
trail in/home (=finish in a bad position)
He trailed in last after a disastrous race.
to follow someone by looking for signs that they have gone in a particular direction:
Police trailed the gang for several days.
trail away/offphrasal verb
She trailed off, silenced by the look Kris gave her.