astray


astray
a|stray [əˈstreı] adv
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: estraié 'wandering', from estraier; STRAY1]
1.) go astray
a) to be lost or stolen
The letter had gone astray in the post.
b) if a plan or action goes astray, it goes wrong
The best-laid plans can go astray.
2.) lead sb astray
a) to encourage someone to do bad or illegal things that they would not normally do
The older boys led him astray.
b) to make someone believe something that is not true
It's easy to be led astray by the reports in the papers.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Astray — A*stray , adv. & a. [See {Estray}, {Stray}.] Out of the right, either in a literal or in a figurative sense; wandering; as, to lead one astray. [1913 Webster] Ye were as sheep going astray. 1 Pet. ii. 25. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • astray — (adv.) c.1300, astraied away from home; lost, borrowed and partially nativized from O.Fr. estraie, pp. of estraier astray, riderless (of a horse), lost, lit. on stray (see STRAY (Cf. stray) (v.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • astray — I adjective aberrant, adrift, afield, amiss, awry, circuitous, deviating, errant, erratic, indirect, lost, misguided, misled, off center, out of one s bearings, out of one s reckoning, random, round about, straying, undirected, unguided II index… …   Law dictionary

  • astray — *amiss …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • astray — [adj] off the path or right direction adrift, afield, amiss, awry, gone, lost, off, off course, off the mark, roaming, straying, vanished, wandering, wrong; concepts 545,581 Ant. on course, right, straight …   New thesaurus

  • astray — ► ADVERB ▪ away from the correct path or direction. ORIGIN from Old French estraie, from Latin extra out of bounds + vagari wander …   English terms dictionary

  • astray — [ə strā′] adv., adj. [ME < pp. of OFr estraier, STRAY] 1. off the right path or way; wandering 2. in error …   English World dictionary

  • astray — [[t]əstre͟ɪ[/t]] 1) PHRASE: V inflects If you are led astray by someone or something, you behave badly or foolishly because of them. The judge thought he d been led astray by older children. 2) PHRASE: V inflects If someone or something leads you …   English dictionary

  • astray — adverb 1 go astray a) to become lost: One of the documents has gone astray. b) humorous to start behaving in an immoral way 2 lead sb astray a) often humorous to encourage someone to do bad or immoral things that they would not normally do: His… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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