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 for trailing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Trail \Trail\ (tr[=a]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trailed; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Trailing.] [OE. trailen, OF. trailler to trail a
     deer, or hunt him upon a cold scent, also, to hunt or pursue
     him with a limehound, F. trailler to trail a fishing line;
     probably from a derivative of L. trahere to draw; cf. L.
     traha a drag, sledge, tragula a kind of drag net, a small
     sledge, Sp. trailla a leash, an instrument for leveling the
     ground, D. treilen to draw with a rope, to tow, treil a rope
     for drawing a boat. See Trace, v. t.]
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     1.
        (a) To hunt by the track; to track.
        (b) to follow behind.
        (c) To pursue. --Halliwell.
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     2. To draw or drag, as along the ground.
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              And hung his head, and trailed his legs along.
                                                    --Dryden.
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              They shall not trail me through their streets
              Like a wild beast.                    --Milton.
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              Long behind he trails his pompous robe. --Pope.
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     3. (Mil.) To carry, as a firearm, with the breech near the
        ground and the upper part inclined forward, the piece
        being held by the right hand near the middle.
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     4. To tread down, as grass, by walking through it; to lay
        flat. --Longfellow.
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     5. To take advantage of the ignorance of; to impose upon.
        [Prov. Eng.]
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              I presently perceived she was (what is vernacularly
              termed) trailing Mrs. Dent; that is, playing on her
              ignorance.                            --C. Bronte.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Trailing \Trail"ing\,
     a. & vb. n. from Trail.
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     Trailing arbutus. (Bot.) See under Arbutus.
  
     Trailing spring, a spring fixed in the axle box of the
        trailing wheels of a locomotive engine, and so placed as
        to assist in deadening any shock which may occur. --Weale.
  
     Trailing wheel, a hind wheel of a locomotive when it is not
        a driving wheel; also, one of the hind wheels of a
        carriage.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  trailing
      n 1: the pursuit (of a person or animal) by following tracks or
           marks they left behind [syn: trailing, tracking]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  46 Moby Thesaurus words for "trailing":
     bugging, chase, chasing, cloak-and-dagger work, consecutive,
     counterespionage, counterintelligence, dogging,
     electronic surveillance, espial, espionage, follow, follow-up,
     following, heeling, hounding, hue and cry, hunting, intelligence,
     intelligence work, military intelligence, observation, prosecution,
     pursual, pursuance, pursuing, pursuit, quest, searching,
     secret police, secret service, seeking, sequel, sequence, series,
     shadowing, spying, stakeout, stalking, succeeding, surveillance,
     tailing, tracking, tracking down, wiretap, wiretapping
  
  

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