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Trailing

Referring to a recently completed time period. For example, trailing 12-month earnings refers to a company's earnings over the 12 months ending on the last day of the most recent month. Showing developments on a trailing basis is common way of tracking a company's finances.
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Gradually a form took shape beyond them--a tawny form, grim and terrible, with yellow-green eyes glaring fearsomely across the narrow trail straight into his.
I knew that Powell would need me now if ever, and I instantly urged my horse to his topmost speed up the narrow and difficult mountain trail.
The trail, at a bend, plunged out across the river.
Roaring and shrieking the apes dashed toward Kulonga, but that wary savage was fleeing down the trail like a frightened antelope.
A blundering charge made Sheeta, for with the first crash of his spotted body through the foliage verging the trail, Bara gave a single startled backward glance and was gone.
And that woman, that young woman, all alone on the trail, there in the snow, she take out one thousand dollars, in greenbacks, and she put them in my hand.
Now, lest by crossing each other's tracks we foul the signs, let each take one trail.
A Scotch half-breed took charge of him and his mates, and in company with a dozen other dog-teams he started back over the weary trail to Dawson.
The latter laid Gazan in Mumga's arms with a parting: "If he dies Tarzan will kill you," and he followed after the brown-skinned figure that already was moving at a slow trot along the jungle trail.
From this point the trail swerved off toward the pool.
This was the matter: the trail of the young man had abruptly ended, and all beyond was smooth, unbroken snow.
Yet here are we, within a short range of the Scaroons, and not a sign of a trail have we crossed