“These poor waifs and strays of humanity had a melancholy ending,” an 1874 New York Times article reads.
In Dude Lit, men confide in animals that are not deliberate pets, but wild animals and strays.
Porn For Women, however, strays away from the typical preconceived notion of the explicit content beloved by the male species.
This requires being open to what will actually accomplish this—even if it strays from existing dogma.
That was the law of the cattle-trails; every man had the right to seek out his strays in the country through which he had passed.
But the ‘strays’ are ‘crooks,’ and their homes the penitentiary.
So you have come to reclaim your strays, is that it, Colonel Haywood?
You know, Willy, I have an old weakness for a sheep that strays.
I was looking for some strays when they landed on the river.
Hargus explained that the cattle were strays which had broken out.
c.1300, a shortening of Old French estraier "wander about," literally "go about the streets," from estree "route, highway," from Late Latin via strata "paved road" (see street). On another theory, the Old French word is from Vulgar Latin *estragare, a contraction of *estravagare, representing Latin extra vagari "to wander outside" (see extravagant). Figurative sense of "to wander from the path of rectitude" is attested from early 14c.
"domestic animal found wandering," early 13c., from Old French estraié "strayed," past participle of estraier (see stray (v.)). The adjective is first recorded c.1600.