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on the gad

largely obsolete Moving or roaming about, especially without distinct purpose or direction. This town becomes overrun with young men and women on the gad during the summer. Discovering the gate had blown down, his entire herd of cattle had escaped and were on the gad in the fields around the farm.
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gad around

 and gad about
to go from place to place, having fun. I'm too old to gad around like that. She wasted too much time gadding about with her friends.
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on (or upon) the gad

on the move.
The noun gad is archaic and is now used only in this expression. The verb gad meaning ‘go from one place to another in search of pleasure’, is more familiar today; both may have their origins in an obsolete word gadling , meaning ‘a wanderer or vagabond’.
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While historians have generally portrayed gadding to sermons as an act of "godliness," Granger argued that some of the gadders were either innovators or uncommitted "atheists" seeking mere entertainment: "There is none end of their hearing, new instruments, new voyces, new tunes, new formes, new stiles, they are all for novelties, full of the itch, full of curiositie, but their heart goeth after their pride, after their covetousnesse.
Cpl James Gadsby, known as Gadders, missed Louise Granger so much he sent her favourite Chinese takeaway, beef chow mein, to her home in Ashford, Kent.
Fire and brimstone denunciations of God's judgements on the iniquitous English nation were the staple fare of Elizabethan sermon gadders.
The chief engineer maintained that 1100 gadders having 105 tonne weight each, were being prepared.