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get the wrong idea

INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase get the wrong idea

Meaning

to misunderstand, or to believe something that isn't true

For example

  • "You'd better explain what happened. You don't want them getting the wrong idea."

  • "I really like you, Jules, and I..."
    "I'm sorry Sam, but I think you've got the wrong idea. I'm married."

Quick Quiz

If someone says "You've got the wrong idea", they think

a. you've had a very bad idea

b. you've misunderstood them

c. they've misunderstood you

Contributor: Matt Errey