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agley

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Yet each man kills the thing he loves from all let this be heard some does it with a bitter look some with a flattering word the coward does it with a kiss the brave man with the sword.
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English

Etymology

Scots agley.

Pronunciation

Adverb

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  1. (Scotland) Wrong in the sense of awry, askew, amiss, or distorted.

Usage notes

The word was popularised by Robert Burns in his poem of 1786: "The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley". It is often quoted and occasionally used in modern English.


Scots

Etymology

From a- + gley.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /əˈgliː/, /əˈgləi/

Adverb

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Positive
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  1. asquint; astray, off the straight

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