wrong end of the stick

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

wrong end of the stick (uncountable)

  1. A wrong idea about something, a misconception.
    As usual, the newspapers got hold of the wrong end of the stick and stated the whole problem in reverse.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Usually expressed as get hold of the wrong end of the stick, or grasp the wrong end of the stick, or other similar form.