take something the wrong way

idiom

Definition of take something the wrong way

: be offended by something used in a negative context to introduce a statement that could be offensive to say that one does not mean to offend Don't take this the wrong way, but I think you could find a better boyfriend.

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take (something) out on (someone)

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take (something) to heart

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“Take something the wrong way.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20something%20the%20wrong%20way. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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