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From Middle English astraien or by apheresis straien, from Old French estraier (to stray), from late Medieval Latin extravagari (to wander beyond), from Latin extra (beyond) + vagārī (to wander, stray).[1]

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  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈstɹeɪ/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪ

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  1. In a wrong or unknown and wrongly-motivated direction.
    • 1907, Virgil, “1.X”, in Edward Fairfax Taylor, transl., The Æneid of Virgil[1], London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd.:
      Go, set the storm-winds free, / And sink their ships or scatter them astray, / And strew their corpses forth, to weltering waves a prey.

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