wrong side out

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wrong side out (not comparable)

  1. Of a garment, etc, having its inner or hidden side on the outside and vice versa.
    • 1883, Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi:
      We all struggled frantically into our clothes, […] getting them wrong-side-out and upside-down, as a rule.
    • 1970, Donald Harington, Lightning Bug:
      She began to remove her sweaty clothes, but noticed for the first time that she had her chambray shirt on wrongside out.
  2. (figuratively) Reversed, changed diametrically, by analogy with a garment that is wrong side out.
    • 1605, William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act IV, Scene II:
      When I inform'd him, then he call'd me sot, And told me I had turn'd the wrong side out.


  • (having its inner side on the outside): inside out

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