get the wrong idea


: to misunderstand someone
I think he made a mistake, but don't get the wrong idea, I still think he has done a good job overall.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Just in case readers get the wrong idea: No eating or drinking is allowed in the galleries. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2023 Runners who are new to its topography might get the wrong idea at the start, thanks to an opening chunk of Route 135 that unspools toward Ashland, Mass. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2023 Don't get the wrong idea here. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, 16 Apr. 2023 The reading public might get the wrong idea. Thomas Doherty, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Dec. 2022 Please don’t get the wrong idea. Jason Gay, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2022 Sometimes people get the wrong idea about me, too. Jen Wang, Vogue, 10 May 2022 Don’t get the wrong idea — this isn’t about being warm and fuzzy. James Mayo, Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2022 Now, don’t get the wrong idea about the Cowboys’ attitude. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 19 Sep. 2021 See More

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“Get the wrong idea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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