get (someone) wrong

idiom

: to misunderstand what someone is saying
Don't get me wrong—I like his parents. They're just a little too strict.
I hope I didn't get him wrong. I thought he said I could tell you what happened.

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Recent Examples on the Web In all the mythology, what do people still get wrong about them? Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 23 June 2024 Condé Nast Traveler spoke with El Roubi about the stories that inspire her, how her journeys deepen her connection to her roots, and what people get wrong about Arab storytellers. Boutayna Chokrane, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Apr. 2024 And what does Washington get wrong about China’s intentions to remake the world order? Kevin Rudd, Foreign Affairs, 18 Aug. 2022 What modern movies and TV series get wrong, according to Macy, is equating a high body count with high emotional stakes. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 30 May 2024 Lahser Here's another metro Detroit street name that a lot of people get wrong. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, 18 June 2020 What does the diversity recruitment approach get wrong about reform or change in policing and police culture? Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 May 2024 What do people get wrong tactically when trying to solve problems with the I.R.S.? Ron Lieber, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2024 Amanda Titchenal, founder of full-service organizing firm Well Organized, explained what her clients often get wrong—and how to bring more balance to this part of your home. Blake Bakkila, Sunset Magazine, 16 Feb. 2024

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“Get (someone) wrong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/get%20%28someone%29%20wrong. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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