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gad about

To wander in search of fun or pleasure. You can't just gad about all day—you have to get some work done too.
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gad around

To wander in search of fun or pleasure. You can't just gad around all day—you have to get some work done too.
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on the gad

dated 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. The 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Look to't, you that have such gadders to your wives' (3.2.1007-8).
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." They went to "heare for varietie, and comparison sake, new instruments, new voyces, to looke the Preacher in the face...." But though these "gadding carnalls and bloudsuckers" were "so zealous to heare," they would be rid of their minister when they had had their pleasure.
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.