the wrong horse

Definition of the wrong horse

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

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

horseplay
  1. :  a large solid-hoofed herbivorous ungulate mammal (Equus caballus, family Equidae, the horse family) domesticated since prehistoric times and used as a beast of burden, a draft animal, or for riding

    :  racehorse

    :  a male horse

  1. :  to provide with a horse (see horse 1a(1))

    :  to move by brute force

    :  to be in heat or estrus

  1. :  of or relating to a horse (see horse 1a(1))

    :  hauled or powered by a horse

    :  large or coarse of its kind


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