get/start off on the wrong foot

Definition of get/start off on the wrong foot

  1. :  to begin a relationship badly They got off on the wrong foot when they first met and they've disliked each other ever since.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to gain possession of

    :  to receive as a return :  earn

    :  to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. :  something begotten:

    :  offspring

    :  the entire progeny of a male animal

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

    :  a bill of divorce

    :  a religious divorce by Jewish law

startplay
  1. :  to move suddenly and violently :  spring

    :  to react with a sudden brief involuntary movement

    :  to issue with sudden force

  1. :  a sudden involuntary bodily movement or reaction

    :  a brief and sudden action or movement

    :  a sudden capricious impulse or outburst

  1. :  from a place or position

    :  away from land

    :  at a distance in space or time

  1. : used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

    :  to seaward of

    :  from the possession or charge of

  1. :  seaward

    :  right

    :  more removed or distant

  1. :  to go away :  depart

    :  kill, murder

  1. : office; officer; official

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

    :  a violation or invasion of the legal rights of another

    :  tort

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

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

    :  not according to truth or facts :  incorrect

  1. :  without accuracy :  incorrectly

    :  without regard for what is proper or just

    :  in a wrong direction

  1. :  to do wrong to :  injure, harm

    :  to treat disrespectfully or dishonorably :  violate

    :  defraud

footplay
  1. :  the terminal part of the vertebrate (see 1vertebrate) leg upon which an individual stands

    :  an invertebrate organ of locomotion or attachment

    :  a ventral (see 1ventral 1b) muscular surface or process of a mollusk

  1. :  dance

    :  to go on foot

    :  to make speed :  move


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