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Idioms

get off on the wrong foot

This page is about the idiom 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

a. he made her laugh at a joke

b. he ordered an expensive bottle of wine

c. he knocked over a glass of water

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