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To describe a sliding door or bifold door coming off its track, I would say

The door has come off the track.

But it seems increasingly popular to omit the definite article and just say

The door has come off track.

Is that a fair observation? This also apparently applies to

The door was off the track.

vs.

The door was off track.

But neither seem to have more than a handful attestations on Google Books. Are there better ways to say this? Also how do you describe a door that has come off the track? Because either with or without the definite article the following phrase only yields exactly two hits on Google Books.

An off-(the)-track door

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The door has come off its track.

It is now an off-track door.

They race off track. They're off-track racers.

The door came off its hinges. It is now an unhinged door.

But be careful there because if a person is unhinged, they're nuts.

The train came off its or the rails (or tracks).

It is now a derailed train.

There is no hard-and-fast rule for this stuff.

Those remarks are off topic. They are off-topic remarks.

Bear in mind that with sliding doors, it is the rollers(wheels) that come out of their tracks.

Here is an example with a sliding door on a track, in a bathroom:

If an off-track roller isn’t the problem, you’ll have to remove the doors to adjust and possibly replace the rollers. Many doors have a small plastic guide at the middle of the lower rail. To remove this type of guide, just remove a single screw. Others have a guide rail screwed to the door (Photo 1).

off-track roller

off-track roller is pretty common and it refers to sliding doors open and close on a track.

  • Makes sense, and your point "there is no hard and fast rule" taken. What troubles me is this: exactly 2 Google Books hits for "off track door", making it equally popular as "off the track door". Hard to fathom no writer has ever needed to describe such a scene as:"Peering through the off-track door, she spied a red dress hanging in the closet." – Eddie Kal Jun 22 at 15:34
  • Hits are irrelevant in this case. The reason you are not finding more is because it is not a "type of door". It's a description of what happens to a door. English allows "an off-track door" to be created to describe a door that slipped off the rails on which it slides. This happens quite frequently with sliding closet doors or sliding doors that give onto decks. Try googling: sliding doors + off track or come off track. If you were suing the door manufacturer, it would i indeed be: "the off-track door caused me many problems" – Lambie Jun 22 at 15:42
  • Furthermore, it is the door's rollers that come off track: see this for that:familyhandyman.com/bathroom/shower-installation/… – Lambie Jun 22 at 15:45

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