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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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EXTRAVAGE, v. To wander about; hence fig., to wander from the point at issue, to speak incoherently. Cf. Stravaig, id. [′ɛkstrə′veg]Sc. 1701–31 R. Wodrow Analecta (M.C. 1842) III. 66:
He held his bretheren closs to the point they were on, and would not let them any way extravage.
Wgt. 1706 in G. Fraser Sketches (1877) 117:
To keep their children from extravaging and committing abuses on the Sabbath-days.
Inv. 1978 Eona Macnicol The Jail Dancing 10:
But it was also the custom of the session ... to send out two of their members abroad through the town during time of service itself, to rebuke anyone at all that they found extravaging the streets in idle companies, drinking in taverns, or employed in other than necessary works and ways.

[Med.Lat. extravagari, to wander beyond limits.]

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