go astray


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go astray

 
1. Lit. to wander off the road or path. Stick to the path and try not to go astray. I couldn't see the trail and I almost went astray.
2. Fig. [for something] to get lost or misplaced. My glasses have gone astray again. Mary's book went astray or maybe it was stolen.
3. Fig. to turn bad or wander from the way of goodness; to make an error. I'm afraid your son has gone astray and gotten into a bit of trouble. Iwent astray with the computer program at this point.
See also: astray

go astray

1. to fail to arrive where it should I don't understand how my e-mail went astray.
2. to stop doing something in the way that you should Sometimes even the most well-thought-out plans go astray.
Related vocabulary: lead somebody astray
See also: astray

go astray

Wander off the right path or subject; also, wander into evil or error. For example, It was hard to follow the lecturer's gist, since he kept going astray, or The gang members led him astray, and he ended up in court. This expression alludes to sheep or other animals that stray from the rest of the flock. Indeed, Handel's oratorio Messiah (1741) has this chorus: "All we like sheep have gone astray, Every one to his own way." [c. 1300]
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I go astray in old routines, I dare myself to reconstruct the rules of old invented games--that one of throwing snowballs at the roof, to watch them shrink as they rolled down, spinning to their pits, to see the force that made them briefly a thing so neatly undone.
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It is very sad that it had to come to this, and it's a reminder that good people can go astray and that there are consequences when they do,'' said City Controller Laura Chick.
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Greenwood adds a philosophical footnote, "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go astray.