On Track Meaning: the Definition of the Idiom “On Track”

The phrase “on track” is a phrase you may hear or see frequently as a part of everyday conversation and writing. Here you will find the meaning of this phrase and the information about its origin. You will also see examples of how to properly use this phrase in conversations/statements and learn alternative ways you can convey the same meaning.

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On Track Meaning

The phrase “on track” means that a person appears to be taking the correct path to success.

Origin of this idiom

The word track was used in the late 15th century to mean following in the footsteps of something or someone. The phrase “on track” was derived from this meaning to say that someone was following in the footsteps of someone who went before them and succeeded by following the same path.

“On Track” Examples

Examples in Statements

A statement made by the weatherman during his 5 o’clock forecast.

  • “I am predicting that we will see a lot of snow this winter. Based on the weather we have been experiencing over the last couple of weeks, I think that the forecast for the future is right on track based on the analysis of past weather patterns.”

A statement made by a celebrity to a popular entertainment magazine.

  • “Everything in my career is right on track. In my family life as well. I could not be any happier than I am right now.”

Examples in Conversations

A conversation between a student and a teacher.

  • Student: Ms. Collins, can I talk to you for a moment.
  • Teacher: Sure, Callie. What can I do for you?
  • Student: Well, I know I missed a lot of time and fell behind. I was wondering what I could do to get back on track in your class.
  • Teacher: Callie, I’ll tell you what. I will give you some things to do for extra credit and you just keep doing what you’re doing. You will be back on track in no time at all.

A conversation between two co-workers working on a project.

  • Co-worker 1: This project is not going to be completed by the deadline.
  • Co-worker 2: It will if we have a team meeting and get everyone back on track.
  • Co-worker 1: Good idea! I will send out an email to all team members tonight before I leave for a meeting in the morning.

More helpful examples:

  • I tried to get my life back on track after my divorce.
  • I have to get my life back on track and the first step is finding satisfaction through work.
  • Is our investment portfolio on track to accomplish our retirement goals?
  • It may take some time to get the British economy back on track.

Other Ways to Say “On Track”

As with most phrases, there are many alternative ways to say them while still conveying the same meaning. Some alternative things you could say instead of “on track” include:

  • On schedule
  • On the path to success
  • On the same page
  • Making good progress
  • On the right way

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