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go astray

1. To deviate from what is good or expected. It's not hard to get that professor to go astray and start ranting about current events.
2. To become lost. A: "It seems my coat has gone astray." B: "Hmm, maybe someone picked it up by mistake."
3. To become fraught with error or proceed in a way that will not lead to success or a positive outcome. We finally had to call in a professional after my efforts to fix the boiler went astray. My life goals just kind of went astray for a time in my twenties, but I've gotten back on track.
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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.
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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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go aˈstray


1 become lost; be stolen: Several letters went astray or were not delivered.We locked up our valuables so they wouldn’t go astray.
2 go in the wrong direction or have the wrong result: Fortunately the gunman’s shots went astray.
See also: astray, go
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''One Pentagon official said it appeared that an American missile had gone astray near Herat, and might have struck a nonmilitary target, which might have been a hospital,'' the article posted on the newspaper's Web site said.
Sana po sa mga nalilihis sa atin na sa DOJ at attached agencies ay tulungan nating bigyan ng liwanag upang sila ay magbago (I know that there are many here in the DOJ who are good councilors, but some have gone astray. I hope that we could help those who have lost their way in the DOJ and its attached agencies and shed light upon them to help them change) ,' Aguirre said.
Memory sticks, hard drives and PCs have also gone astray since 2005 - as well as 12 apples and a business suit.
The last lady auditor complained that billions had gone astray and could not be accounted for.
It's obviously not the only thing gone astray. If anyone stumbles across Madonna's lost plot, could they please hand it in to the nearest Kabbalah centre
Tell me, Joanne, how many letters of yours have gone astray over the years, apart from this one?
The amendments were originally approved by the committee in July - but the decision was declared invalid by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott because faxed information had gone astray.
My letter was delivered personally by hand, so it has not gone astray.
In these cases, the gene may be fine, but the protein it encodes has gone astray, a team of researchers led by Wen-Hwa Lee of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio asserts in the Nov.
We must cleanse our ranks (of) those who have gone astray, added Dubria, who was assigned as deputy director for operations of the Southern Mindanao police before taking on the role of city police director.
A WITCH OF THE NICEST KIND I am a witch of the nicest kind, Many of us around to find, Our brew we make from time to time, This recipe is exclusively mine, I put in love, a cuddle or two, Peace and serenity another clue, Faith for people that have lost their way, Hope for others, a short time gone astray, Charity for all that is in our living, This of my many a brew I am giving, Healing that is needed our whole world through, Blessing to all the old and all the new, Peace and harmony among all to be, A prayer for the many diversities I see, You can help me mix this brew if you like, About its contents we never to fight, The spoon, it can be any, in shape or form, Let us, the world with love, make one big storm.
636 Birmingham City passes which have gone astray in the first six games, worst in the league
In the film "Citizen Kane," the word "rosebud" sums up a life gone astray. For biologist M.
MEMORY LOSS You go and shut the front door, Then you realise you've left your key, On the kitchen unit, When in your purse it should be, Now you know you have a spare one, But it escapes your memory, It isn't in my flower pot, Too easy for thieves to see, No, I left it in the garden, Under a bush, a stone or tree, So with so much searching, It is a mystery, Will have to phone my daughter, To come and rescue me, She thinks I'm going senile, And I'm beginning to agree, For I forgot about my neighbour, Who keeps a spare door key, He looks after my property, When I'm on holiday, My memory loss increases, It happens every day, My body's very agile, But my memory's gone astray.
FATHER figure Roy Keane has picked on another poor child that's gone astray in the shape of Ipswich.