astray

[ uh-strey ]
/ əˈstreɪ /

adverb, adjective

out of the right way; off the correct or known road, path, or route: Despite specific instructions, they went astray and got lost.
away from that which is right; into error, confusion, or undesirable action or thought: They were led astray by their lust for money.

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Origin of astray

1250–1300; Middle English astraye<Anglo-French *astraié,Old French estraié, past participle of estraier;see stray
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British Dictionary definitions for astray

astray
/ (əˈstreɪ) /

adjective, adverb (postpositive)

out of the correct path or direction
out of the right, good, or expected way; into error

Word Origin for astray

C13: from Old French estraie roaming, from estraier to stray
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Idioms and Phrases with astray

astray

see best-laid plans go astray; go astray.

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