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Meaning of "wrong end of the stick" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF WRONG END OF THE STICK

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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WRONG END OF THE STICK

wrong
wrong `un
wrong ´un
wrong fount
wrong number
wrong-foot
wrong-headed
wrong-headedly
wrong-headedness
wrongdoer
wrongdoing
wronger
wrongful
wrongful arrest
wrongful dismissal
wrongful trading
wrongfully
wrongfulness
wrongly
wrongness

WORDS THAT END LIKE WRONG END OF THE STICK

breadstick
broomstick
candlestick
chapstick
chicken drumstick
control stick
dipstick
drumstick
gear stick
hockey stick
incense stick
joystick
lipstick
matchstick
nightstick
nonstick
slapstick
stick
tick
walking stick
yardstick

Synonyms and antonyms of wrong end of the stick in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «wrong end of the stick» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WRONG END OF THE STICK

Find out the translation of wrong end of the stick to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of wrong end of the stick from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «wrong end of the stick» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

棍错误的结束
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

extremo equivocado del palo
570 millions of speakers

English

wrong end of the stick
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

छड़ी की गलत अंत
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

نهاية الخطأ من العصا
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

неправильно конец палки
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

lado errado da vara
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

লাঠি এর ভুল শেষ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

le mauvais bout du bâton
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Akhir salah kayu
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

falsche Ende des Stockes
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

スティックの間違った終わり
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

스틱 의 잘못된 말
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ujung tongkat salah
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

sai cuối của thanh
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

குச்சி தவறான முடிவு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

काठी चुकीचे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Sopanın yanlış sonu
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

parte sbagliata del bastone
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

niewłaściwy koniec kija
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

неправильно кінець палиці
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

capăt greșit de băț
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

λάθος τέλος της stick
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

verkeerde kant van die stok
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

fel ände av pinnen
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

feil ende av pinnen
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of wrong end of the stick

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WRONG END OF THE STICK»

The term «wrong end of the stick» is quite widely used and occupies the 31.302 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WRONG END OF THE STICK» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about wrong end of the stick

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WRONG END OF THE STICK»

Discover the use of wrong end of the stick in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to wrong end of the stick and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Halo Effect: ... and the Eight Other Business Delusions ...
The Halo Effect is a guide for the thinking manager, a way to detect errors in business research and to reach a clearer understanding of what drives business success and failure.
Phil Rosenzweig, 2007
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Stancetaking in Discourse: Subjectivity, Evaluation, Interaction
too many men have got the wrong end of the stick. They m 4 February 1995) has the wrong end of the stick as far him off." STIMAC then got hold of the wrong end of the stick and tho give wrong advice or get hold of the wrong end of the stick.
Robert Englebretson, 2007
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A Dictionary of Anglo-American Proverbs & Proverbial ...
(p. 22) Mayor, Archer. Border Lines. 1990. New York: Mysterious Press, 1994. To get the wrong (right) end of the stick (APP 120; ODEP 221; EAP 131; MP 202) 1920 You've got the wrong end of the stick. (p. 130) Dilnot, George. Suspected.
George B. Bryan, Wolfgang Mieder, 2005
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The Little Book of Clichés
'How embarrassing, I think I have got the wrong end of the stick!' Gordon Bennett! In 2002, Michael Jackson dangled his 8—month—old son Blanket over a balcony , in front of hundreds of photographers. When the public displayed shock and ...
Alison Westwood
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The Proverbial Bernard Shaw: An Index to Proverbs in the ...
(083, p. 650, 1919) Partridge, 828. 2. ... I wish you would drop him a line to say that his interviewer got hold of the wrong end of the stick. . . . (081, p. 258, 1890) JOHNNY: . . . she gets hold of the wrong end of the stick in moral questions. (110, p ...
George B. Bryan, Wolfgang Mieder, 1994
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A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English
In have or get the right or the wrong end of the stick, to have the advantage or the disadvantage in a contest or a bargain: coll.: 1890 ('Rolf Boldrewood'); by 1920, virtually S.E. Cf. worse end of the staff—28. Hence, in C20, to have got hold of ...
Eric Partridge, 2006
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The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation
We've been striving so hard for it, trying all the time to cultivate so much goodness, so many pleasures—but we started at the wrong end of the stick from the very beginning. Something went wrong as we began ourselves. We are trying to ...
Chögyam Trungpa, 2010
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The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition
... WRONG WAY; TWO WRONGS DO NOT MAKE A RIGHT. wrong end of the stick, the A misunderstanding or distortion, as in We ordered a 'full quart” of rice, but the clerk got hold of the wrong end of the stick and sent us 'four quarts” instead.
Christine Ammer, 2013
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The Concise Thesaurus of Traditional English Metaphors
Get hold of the wrong end of the stick [1890]. Misunderstand without at first realising it. (If you take hold of the wrong end of a walkingstick, it is the dirty end.) The dirty end of the stick. The difficult or unpleasant part. Your staff stands next the ...
Peter Richard Wilkinson, 2008
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Cambridge Learner's Dictionary English-Russian with CD-ROM
I get (hold of) the wrong end of the stick to not understand a situation correctly noHnTB HTo-nnfio HenpaBI/IllbHO My mum got the wrong end of the stick and thought that Jim was my boyfriend. I make ends meet to have just enough money to ...
‎2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WRONG END OF THE STICK»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term wrong end of the stick is used in the context of the following news items.
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Wayne starts to become jealous
Wayne watches them talking and gets the wrong end of the stick. Meanwhile, Dan is still refusing to give Sean extra shifts. Robbie pretends to Sean that Carol ... «Digital Spy UK, Jul 15»
2
Baffled Jack Russell gets the wrong end of the stick as it tries to …
... has emerged of the dog making repeated futile attempts to go through but it doesn't appear to realise the reason he can't do it is because of the large stick in ... «BT.com, Jun 15»
3
Worksop: Woman hit reveller after he 'compared her to a £25 prostitute'
A Worksop woman admitted hitting a man in a pub who compared her to a £25 prostitute, but said he got the 'wrong end of the stick'. Kimberley Pauline Cole ... «Worksop Today, Jun 15»
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'I had no idea all my fans were hysterical 14-year-old girls' - Billy …
... girls' - Billy Zane thinks tweets about Zayn Malik are about him. Watch as the Titanic actor gets the wrong end of the stick about #WeSupportZayn Twitter trend. «OK! Magazine, Mar 15»
5
People have 'wrong end of the stick' on unitary plans
People are getting the 'wrong end of the stick' on AVDC's unitary plans, according to council leader Neil Blake. Mr Blake spoke out after we reported last week ... «Buckingham Advertiser, Jan 15»
6
Coronation Street 17/11 – Sally gets the wrong end of the stick
As Tim and Anna share a laugh in the café, Sally enters and clocks their intimacy. When Sophie and Maddie then see Tim slipping through the backdoor of No.6 ... «soFeminine.co.uk, Nov 14»
7
Coronation Street: Sally Webster suspects Tim and Anna affair
While Anna promises to do all she can to help Tim learn to read, Sally (Sally Dynevor) gets the wrong end of the stick when she sees the pair share a friendly ... «Digital Spy UK, Nov 14»
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Universities get the wrong end of the stick after funny A level results …
Universities get the wrong end of the stick after funny A level results tweet. Oliver Wheaton - Headshot. Oliver Wheaton for Metro.co.ukFriday 15 Aug 2014 11:05 ... «Metro, Aug 14»
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Mental health and benefits: ministers get the wrong end of the stick
Every so often when ministers are considering a policy, they send a little kite up to see how it's received. Sometimes it gets hit by a lightning bolt of fury from a ... «Spectator.co.uk, Jul 14»
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Secondhand smokers in Qatar get the wrong end of the stick
Not that there is a right end of the stick when it comes to smoking. A quick survey conducted by JustHere revealed that about 1 in every 10 workplaces allowed ... «JustHere Qatar, Jun 14»

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« EDUCALINGO. Wrong end of the stick [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/wrong-end-of-the-stick>. Jun 2021 ».
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