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get off on the wrong foot

Meaning: If you get off on the wrong foot, you start something poorly, or begin with a mistake.

For example:

  • I got off on the wrong foot in my new job when I forgot to pass on an important message to the boss.

  • Helen got off on the wrong foot in her performance when she forgot the first few words of the song.

Quick Quiz:

Peter got off on the wrong foot on his date with Wendy when
  1. he made her laugh at a joke
  2. he ordered an expensive bottle of wine
  3. he knocked over a glass of water

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