Meaning of go astray in English:

go astray


  • (of an object) become lost or mislaid.

    ‘the money had gone astray’
    • ‘Furthermore, they claim that if the money goes astray, it is only after it passes through European and American banks.’
    • ‘Mr. Cowley records how he received three panic calls from Bermuda that day fearing that their money had gone astray, and had to make a few visits to the local branch manager.’
    • ‘He said: ‘It is evident that there was an item of correspondence that went astray.’’
    • ‘Whilst our regular postman was away, quite a lot of post went astray.’
    • ‘The Army lost my records and my mail went astray.’
    • ‘Over the weekend I'd hoped to get together with brother Kev and some others to jam some tunes, but the best laid plans, as usual, went astray.’
    • ‘The community council insists that the boundary details were delivered to the inspector's address before the deadline but somehow went astray.’
    • ‘Around 60 election staff were there to work through the ballots but they were held up at one point when a box of last-minute postal votes went astray.’
    • ‘They could both reflect on the matchwinning chances that went astray in a thrilling finish to the drawn game.’
    • ‘An inquiry into the proposed development of the old Rainshore Mill site has been postponed after council documents went astray.’
    • ‘After several first half chances went astray, the best opportunity for the visitors fell to Roy Makaay six minutes after the break.’
    • ‘At the end of the half they looked certain to close the gap further when Warwick threw wide to McPhillips in space, but the chance went astray.’
    • ‘However, the email that he claims to have sent her went astray, and was never received.’
    • ‘The marketing strategies of Shanghai also went astray, without shaping a handful of famous brands.’
    • ‘While cruise lines have practices to assist passengers whose luggage has gone astray, those procedures vary widely.’
    • ‘Eventually, as the crowd drifts away, you realise that your suitcases have gone astray.’
    • ‘British Airways said today that as many as 20,000 bags had gone astray at Heathrow airport in recent days amid the chaos following the security crackdown.’
    • ‘Today I got your letter, dated the 19th, and see that my last letter must have gone astray or been delayed.’