go astray

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Here are caves and thickets: we shall go astray!--Halt!
Then let the magistrates, who have made it of no effect, thank themselves if their own wives and daughters go astray"
The doctor's four venerable friends made him no answer, except by a feeble and tremulous laugh; so very ridiculous was the idea that, knowing how closely repentance treads behind the steps of error, they should ever go astray again.
Every third man wears a uniform, and whether he be a marshal of the empire or a brakeman, he is ready and perfectly willing to answer all your questions with tireless politeness, ready to tell you which car to take, yea, and ready to go and put you into it to make sure that you shall not go astray. You cannot pass into the waiting room of the depot till you have secured your ticket, and you cannot pass from its only exit till the train is at its threshold to receive you.
All things may go astray in this world, but not love.
Data breaches are a "time bomb" under companies that let customer information go astray, warns a security expert.
Thus, God treats each one of us with deep love and care, and God wills that we return to him if we at a certain point go astray.
He said there was no reason for law enforcers to go astray and that criminals had no place in the city.
Addressing the event, president Soofi Sachal Sarmast Welfare Association (SSSWA) Zulfiqar Ali Khaskheli and supervisor Muzamil Chandio said that sacrifices of innocent students of APS could not be forgotten and would not go astray. They termed it a black day when terrorists targeted innocent children and demanded that stern action sholud be taken against terrorist and should continue till elimination of menace of terrorism from the society.
Help the sick and lonely HELP the sick and lonely It might happen to you You never know the future Somebody needs your help Search for health and wealth Help the sick and lonely The autumn days are near Who is doing the caring Who can you trust and share with Love is beautiful and strong We all go astray like sheep Keep on the journey And keep clean and tidy Old age and young people See them everyday In the sunshine and rain No worry no pain Houses are being built The refugees are being saved You never know the day When you stand at the grave Be brave and have courage Trust in the word Trust in the invisible powers In each hour we smile We find a new style Help the sick and needy There are great rewards waiting Like silver and gold.
The trend among youngsters to go astray has to be nipped in the bud.
"But when we have everybody back fit and available we'll have a decent strong squad and hope a better balance and hopefully a wee bit of luck wouldn't go astray."