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Here are a few definitions for the word: To steer away from the main topic. To take a walk on a path of topic way off from the intended one.

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digress

http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/digress

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    A couple of synonmous idiomatic expressions include: go off on a tangent and get sidetracked. – J.R. Dec 27 '15 at 21:29
  • "Digress" is perfect. Other D words: "Diverge" implies that the "Detour" is "unDirected." – lauir Jan 7 '16 at 5:07
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Some good synonyms are Trail Off and Ramble. – lurker Dec 27 '15 at 21:09

Sometimes trail off can refer to volume, where the speaker doesn't change the subject, but just starts mumbling. – J.R.♦ Dec 27 '15 at 21:31

This may not be exactly what you were looking for, but an idiom for a long, rambling story, with many digressions, that does not really go where the listener was expecting is a shaggy dog story. – stangdon Dec 27 '15 at 23:21

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