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gang agley

Definition of gang agley in English:

(Of a plan) go wrong.
[ 1786: from Robert Burns's 'The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley' (Poems and Songs)]
Example sentences
  • The best laid plans, I discovered, can indeed gang agley, as swiftly as a mouse's existence is ended by a harvester.
  • But that wrecked show-trial wasn't the only media scheme that ganged agley in November 2005.
  • I should have expected that plan to gang agley.
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