the wrong end of the stick

noun phrase

chiefly British, informal
: an incorrect understanding of something
You've got (hold of) the wrong end of the stick. He didn't push me; I fell.

Examples of the wrong end of the stick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One is that the Fed has grasped the wrong end of the stick in its battle against high prices. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2023 Critics who dispute that taxpayers will be held harmless have the wrong end of the stick, however. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2023

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“The wrong end of the stick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20wrong%20end%20of%20the%20stick. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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