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  ( strays    plural & 3rd person present)   ( straying    present participle)   ( strayed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If someone strays somewhere, they wander away from where they are supposed to be.  
Tourists often get lost and stray into dangerous areas...      V prep/adv  
A railway line crosses the park so children must not be allowed to stray.      V  
2       adj   A stray dog or cat has wandered away from its owner's home.  
ADJ n  
...a refuge for stray cats.     
      Stray is also a noun., n-count  
The dog was a stray which had been adopted.     
3       verb   If your mind or your eyes stray, you do not concentrate on or look at one particular subject, but start thinking about or looking at other things.   (=wander)  
Even with the simplest cases I find my mind straying...      V  
4       adj   You use stray to describe something that exists separated from other similar things.  
ADJ n  
An 8-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet..., She shrugged a stray lock of hair out of her eyes.     
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stay, streaky, strap, straw

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
something or someone that is regarded as outstanding, extremely good ; the best ; the cream ; the quintessence ; the jewel ; the top ; the bee's knees ; the cat's pyjamas
[UK];[Slang] Refers to the dog's habit of licking its testicles. By extension (and not without humor) the latter probably taste good! Ex: Among their albums,"master of puppets" is likely the dog's bullocks!
expression used to describe an attempt to organize a difficult or unpredictable situation; trying to coordinate a group of people who tend to act chaotically
[Bus.] E.g: Some say that managing a team is herding cats.
rain very heavily
Idiomatic expression. "The weather was really bad yesterday. It was raining cats and dogs all day."
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