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Difference between Get back on the rails and Go off the rails

get back on the railssuccessfully recover from adverse situation, etc.:

  • Bob Taft’s campaign got back on the rails in last week’s primaries. One victory came in Wisconsin…

go off the rails —(also: run off the rails) start behaving in a way that is not acceptable:

  • Returning to the U.S., he is disowned by the CIA, which portrays him as a rogue agent who went off the rails.