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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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Electric generating companies utilize GADS data to analyze generating unit performance, reliability, availability and maintainability.
As we continue to expand our consulting services to meet the unique needs of the industries we serve, the introduction of GADS NxL is a logical step in helping our clients measure, manage and maximize their potential," said Greg Barats, president of Solomon Associates.
For example, a user can log into his or her GAD account using a mobile browser on a BlackBerry device, add information, edit documents and communicate with co-workers--all in one centralized location.