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agley

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Pronunciation: /əˈɡleɪ
 
, əˈɡliː
 
/

Definition of agley in English:

adverb

Scottish
Askew; awry.
Example sentences
  • The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley.
  • For once, the best-laid economic plans of the meticulous Chancellor of the Exchequer went agley.
  • A delightful event, but things gang aft agley when a certain mayor cracks wise about a certain nation's reputation for thriftiness and predilection for men in ‘skirts.’

Origin

late 18th century: from a-2 'on' + Scots gley 'squint', of unknown origin.

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