from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Scots Off to one side; awry.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. Wrong in the sense of awry, askew, amiss, or distorted.
- adj. Wrong; askew.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Aside; askew.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See aglee.
To this day I regret that my calculations went "agley"; but I was told that accommodation was not to be secured at Malta "for love or money," and so
Its hard to know how "gang aft agley" they really went since all of the legislators are masters of compromise and beholden to financial interests that have gone through the provisions with a fine tooth comb and a surgical pair of scissors.
She devises a clever plan for doing so, but things gang aft agley with plans like that, as we all know.
I have a lot of things which need doing, so hopefully plans will not "gang agley".
Moviemakers have taken good advantage of the irony, suspense, and drama to be had when a best-laid plan seriously "gangs agley," especially in these 10 gripping, and entertaining, examples.
Like the poet Burns said, “The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley”.
Poor old Charity Spring's scheme for my undoing had gone agley altogether, now that it was known who I really was (thank God for Pinkerton and his memory!).
Trite little knee-jerk insults gang aft agley, do they not? southwood
But surely this is a leftover posting from February ... or perhaps the Interweb has gang agley in the heather?
But Mousie, thou art no thy lane, in proving foresight may be vain; the best-laid schemes o 'mice an' men gang aft agley, an 'lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, for promis'd joy.