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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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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’.
See also: gad, on