stray in

stray in

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.
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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.
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While the amended dog laws seek to tackle the issue by attempting to decrease the factors that lead to dogs becoming stray in the first place, the catch-and-kill policy for dogs which do end up stray result in punishing the animals for their owners' mistakes, disregarding that strays are strays by circumstance and not by choice.
People who do not want to keep a stray in their own home can take it to the council's reception point at North Clwyd Animal Rescue in Trelogan near Holywell.