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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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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.
He had fallen upon the trail of Captain Bonneville's party, just after leaving the Nebraska; and, finding that they had frightened off all the game, had been obliged to push on, by forced marches, to avoid famine: both men and horses were, therefore, much travel-worn; but this was no place to halt; the plain before them he said was destitute of grass and water, neither of which would be met with short of the Green River, which was yet at a considerable distance.
Now, lest by crossing each other's tracks we foul the signs, let each take one trail.
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.
An hour later, following along a wild-pig trail, Sheldon suddenly halted.
The trail, at a bend, plunged out across the river.
What if the trail of the gods led out on that side?
This was the matter: the trail of the young man had abruptly ended, and all beyond was smooth, unbroken snow.
Several minutes later, rounding a turn in the trail where the descent was less precipitous, he joined them in the midst of a miniature avalanche of pebbles and loose soil.
Such the beach old John Tarwater stepped upon; and straight across the beach and up the trail toward Chilcoot he headed, cackling his ancient chant, a very Grandfather Argus himself, with no outfit worry in the world, for he did not possess any outfit.
With heavy-nailed fingers they scooped away the disintegrated earth from the center of the age-old game trail.