all wet

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all wet (not comparable)

  1. (literally) Thoroughly soaked; drenched.
    • 1852, Charles Dickens, Bleak House, ch. 59,
      When I came home, I found a common-looking person, all wet and muddy.
  2. (idiomatic) Utterly incorrect; erroneous; uninformed.
    • 1965, "The Lull That Lapsed," Time, 28 May,
      The lull gave Johnson a chance to show such critics as Canada's Prime Minister Lester Pearson and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman J. William Fulbright that they were all wet in arguing that a halt in the bombing might open the way to negotiations.

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