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get the wrong end of the stick

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishget the wrong end of the stickget the wrong end of the stickBritish English informalUNDERSTAND to understand a situation in completely the wrong way Geoff had got the wrong end of the stick, and thought I was angry with him. wrong
Examples from the Corpus
get the wrong end of the stickMaybe I got the wrong end of the stick. I thought she was leaving him, not the other way round.
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