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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: estraié 'wandering', from estraier; STRAY1



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.

lead somebody 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.

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