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stray

[no object]

to go in a direction that is away from a group or from the place where you should be

Two cows strayed [=wandered] into the woods.

The airplane strayed off course.


— often + from

She strayed from the group and got lost.

Her eyes strayed from her computer to the window. [=she stopped looking at her computer and began looking at/out the window]


— often used figuratively

She never strayed [=deviated] from the path her parents envisioned for her.

The menu at their house rarely strays (too) far from meat and potatoes.

The class discussion strayed [=deviated] from the original topic.

a straying husband [=a husband who has sexual relations with a woman who is not his wife]



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