the wrong horse


: someone or something that is not successful
used with choose/pick/back (etc.)
The company has been losing money, and many investors are beginning to feel that they may have backed the wrong horse.

Examples of the wrong horse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the Craig Gillespie film, Ferrera plays Jenny, a single mother and nurse who bets on the wrong horse. Clayton Davis, Variety, 8 Dec. 2023 Jones has a habit of making amends after backing the wrong horse. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 13 July 2023 The outcomes can be painful for companies or consumers who bet on the wrong horse. Jack Ewing, New York Times, 27 June 2023

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“The wrong horse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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