get/start off on the wrong foot

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of get/start off on the wrong foot

: 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

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

start play
  1. : to move suddenly and violently : spring

  2. : to react with a sudden brief involuntary movement

  3. : to issue with sudden force

  1. : a sudden involuntary bodily movement or reaction

  2. : a brief and sudden action or movement

  3. : a sudden capricious impulse or outburst

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

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

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest

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

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

  2. : an invertebrate organ of locomotion or attachment

  3. : any of various units of length based on the length of the human foot

  1. : dance

  2. : to go on foot

  3. : to make speed : move


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