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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.
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Only daughter Carrie went astray - she married a stockbroker.
After a gamble on Anderiego - who was backed into 5-1 from 10-1 with some firms in the morning - in the 1m handicap went astray, jolly backers turned to The Fugue in the Yorkshire Oaks and she touched a low of 1.
A defence ministry spokesman in Rome said: 'I can confirm that three tanks shells went astray and exploded in the water.
SO Joanne Rodgers thinks the Post Office is a lousy service, just because one letter went astray out of a million a day?
It led to tries by Sam Donovan and Joel Studley after forward pressure, but neither was converted and other kicks also went astray on the day.
The All Blacks, who started as five-point favourites for the match, seemed to lack organisation in the first half and their line-out in particular went astray while flyhalf Stephen Donald was offtarget with two kicks at goal.
A punt on the wayward gelding went astray last time and Gary Moore's performer showed his usual attitude problems in the final stages as he hung left while pointing his head to the right.
A defence ministry spokesman in Rome said: 'I can confirm that three tank shells went astray and exploded in the water.
Gamble went astray at Warwick last month, but would have finished a lot closer had he not raced with the choke out and, stepping up to a mile and a half (I think he's more of a miler), he could pull even harder this time.
A MONSTER gamble on Chorist went astray in the opening event of the fourth day of the Glorious Goodwood.
BRYAN SMART is a man to respect when the money's down and, although the punt on Senor Bond went astray, supporters of Bonne de Fleur never had too many worrying moments.
Ken McKernan, 79, should have received them while with the Royal Fusiliers in Holland, but they went astray and ended up in a Dutch museum.
Millions of pounds in wages went astray when the system went wrong, leaving thousands of employees skint.
AN HOUR and a half before Bold Investor's demise in the Great Yorkshire Chase, another gamble on one of Jonjo O'Neill's runners went astray as the ex-French Day du Roy - backed from 9-2 to 5-2 favourite on his British debut - blundered five out and was pulled up before the third-last fence in the two-mile-three-furlong novice chase.
A HUGE gamble on Without Words went astray at Lingfield yesterday, to the relief of the bookies.