get (someone) wrong


: 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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Our colleague Philip Bump has written about what Oz seems to get wrong about the cost of the goods in the grocery store. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2022 That is the one that companies get wrong more than 50 percent of the time. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2022 What did John Dorsey get wrong in his evaluation of Mayfield? Dan Labbe, cleveland, 6 July 2022 Ad placement systems can be complicated and easy to get wrong, says David Chavern, the president and CEO of News Media Alliance, the news industry's largest trade organization. Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2022 That's something that national outlets get wrong a lot. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2023 It is designed in a way that is very limited and limiting and very easy to get wrong. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2023 But—and here’s the thing even many experts get wrong—quantum physics doesn’t say that. Chris Ferrie, Scientific American, 13 Feb. 2023 Avruch: One of the things that films [often get wrong] is that an awful lot of women who are getting abortions already have several children. Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2022 See More

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“Get (someone) wrong.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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