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stray from the flock
1. To behave in a way that runs contrary to the beliefs or values of one's religion. Members of our congregation should always be willing to reach out to someone who has strayed from the flock with love and compassion, not vilification.
2. By extension, to go against the dictates or principles of a particular group of likeminded people. Good luck getting anyone here to take your complaints seriously. The CEO has developed a cult-like following that rigidly adheres to whatever he says and quickly denounces anyone who strays from the flock.
1. To wander in(to some place), especially when one is not supposed to be there. Make sure not to leave the back doors open, or feral cats will stray in during the night. Some child strayed in the laboratory and began fiddling with the sensitive machinery inside.
2. To wander aimlessly around some place. A noun or pronoun can be used between "stray" and "in." Don't let the children stray in the forest, or they will surely get lost. We were just idly straying in the field, admiring the silence of the falling snow.
stray into (some place)
To wander into some place, especially when one is not supposed to be there. Make sure not to leave the back doors open, or feral cats will stray in during the night. Some child strayed in the laboratory and began fiddling with the sensitive machinery inside.
1. To wander on(to something or some place), especially when one is not supposed to be there. I keep an electrified fence around my fields to keep wild animals from straying on at night. Be sure not to stray on Old Man Cratchit's land—he's liable to shoot you if he catches you!
2. To wander around on some area or piece of land. We spent the afternoon straying idly on the beach. I watched the kids straying on the field across the street, trying to catch the falling snow on their tongues.
stray onto (some place)
To wander onto something or some place, especially when one is not supposed to be there. I keep an electrified fence around my fields to keep wild animals from straying onto it at night. Be sure not to stray onto Old Man Cratchit's land—he's liable to shoot you if he catches you!
An errant bullet or similar charge of ammunition. A stray round from the firefight in the street ended up shattering Mrs. Davis's window. How many lives in this neighborhood have been claimed by stray rounds, huh? The violence needs to stop!
waifs and strays
People or animals that are in need of a place to stay. "Waif" commonly refers to a person or animal that has been abandoned. It's heartbreaking to see so many waifs and strays wandering the city streets, with no one to care for them.
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stray (away) (from something)
to drift away from or wander away from a particular topic or location. (The option elements cannot be transposed.) Please don't stray from the general area of discussion. Sally strayed away from her topic a number of times.
stray in(to something)
to wander into something. The deer strayed into the town and ruined almost everyone's garden. We left the gate open, and the cows strayed in and drank from the pond.
stray onto something
to wander onto an area, such as a parcel of land. Your cows strayed onto my land and ate my marigolds! If your horse strays onto my land one more time, it's my horse!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
ˌwaifs and ˈstrays
1 people with no home, especially children in a big city: There are lots of waifs and strays living on the streets here.
2 (humorous) lonely people with nowhere else to go: My wife is always inviting various waifs and strays from work to our house. She seems to attract them.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
- courage of one's convictions, have the
- courage of one's convictions, to have the
- have the courage of (one's) convictions
- have the courage of convictions
- have the courage of your convictions
- have/lack the courage of your convictions
- lack the courage of (one's) convictions
- live (one's) own life
- live your own life
- act out