get (someone or something) wrong

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of get (someone or something) wrong

:to fail to understand (someone or something) correctly
  • She got the instructions wrong.
  • Don't get me wrong—I like his parents. They're just a little too strict.
  • You've got it all wrong! That's not how it's done.

Word by Word Definitions

get play
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. : a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

wrong play
  1. : an injurious, unfair, or unjust act : action or conduct inflicting harm without due provocation or just cause

  2. : a violation or invasion of the legal rights of another

  3. : something wrong, immoral, or unethical

  1. : not according to the moral standard : sinful, immoral

  2. : not right or proper according to a code, standard, or convention : improper

  3. : not according to truth or facts : incorrect

  1. : without accuracy : incorrectly

  2. : without regard for what is proper or just

  3. : in a wrong direction

  1. : to do wrong to : injure, harm

  2. : to treat disrespectfully or dishonorably : violate

  3. : defraud


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