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    Question 'to fall by the wayside'?

    Hi all,
    I'd be really happy if somebody could help me with this. Could the expression above also mean 'to be perverted'? Is there any idiom used for somebody who's been influenced in a harmful way, say, by their classmates, friends and so on? I heard someone saying, '...lose their way...' which seems to be wrong.




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    Re: 'to fall by the wayside'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,
    I'd be really happy if somebody could help me with this. Could the expression above also mean 'to be perverted'? Is there any idiom used for somebody who's been influenced in a harmful way, say, by their classmates, friends and so on? I heard someone saying, '...lose their way...' which seems to be wrong.




    Thanks a lot!
    No, it doesn't mean "perverted" in any context. We often say that somebody has been "led astray" to mean that they have been influenced in a harmful way.

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    Re: 'to fall by the wayside'?

    Many thanks!
    Could 'to be led astray' be used in informal English as well?







    Best wishes!

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    Re: 'to fall by the wayside'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Many thanks!
    Could 'to be led astray' be used in informal English as well?







    Best wishes!
    Yes.

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    Re: 'to fall by the wayside'?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes.
    But note that the two expressions depend on different sorts of way or path. 'Fall by the wayside' is a reference to the Parable of the Sower (Mark 3; 3-4).

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    Re: 'to fall by the wayside'?

    When someone is led astray they often "leave the straight and narrow" and might "go off the rails" altogether.

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    Re: 'to fall by the wayside'?

    Then they might also "fall off the wagon".

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    #8

    Re: 'to fall by the wayside'?

    go wayward

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    #9

    Re: 'to fall by the wayside'?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    Then they might also "fall off the wagon".
    Bob knows - but the context of this thread may be thought to suggest that this is just a synonym for being led astray - that falling off the wagon means breaking a period of abstinence from alcohol or some other drug. The metaphorical 'wagon' is a temperance wagon.

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    Last edited by BobK; 02-Apr-2012 at 16:31. Reason: Fix typos

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    Re: 'to fall by the wayside'?

    Thanks to all dear posters!

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